Gentle Dental of Springfield
760 W Sproul Road, Suite 100, Springfield, PA 19064

Understand and Overcome Your Fear of the Dentist

Understand and Overcome Your Fear of the Dentist

Do you dread going to the dentist? You’re not alone. Up to 20 percent of people are so anxious about dental visits that they delay them until a major dental problem leaves them no other choice. Also, as many as two-thirds of people blame their intense fear of the dentist on a previous bad dental experience. These findings were revealed by the Dental Fears Research Clinic at the University of Washington. This clinic specializes in the treatment of children and adults with a severe fear of seeing the dentist. While it’s clear that dental fears run far, wide, and deep, there are ways to control and even conquer your concerns. After all, it’s much scarier to deal with the consequences of ignoring your dental health. 

While it’s easy to understand how a negative experience or the sight of sharp dental objects can cause fear in patients, avoiding the dentist is the worst way to deal with it. Not getting regular dental check-ups only increases the chances of tooth decay and other dental problems, which is likely to lead to more time and expense at the dentist’s office.

Fortunately, there are many ways to ease your anxiety. First, a dental assistant can explain the procedure or the purpose of certain tools so you know what to expect. Also, you can arrange to signal when you feel uncomfortable during the procedure, which will prompt the dentist to stop his work and give you a brief break.

Since many dentists anticipate a degree of dental anxiety, they have already equipped their offices with features designed to distract patients during procedures. They offer soothing music, and access to televisions for watching movies, and hang scenic paintings to help patients relax. In certain circumstances, they are able to prescribe mild sedatives for anxious patients. Be sure to discuss this with your dentist prior to your appointment.

Parents who fear the dentist need to shield their children from their own anxiety so their kids learn to accept dental care as a regular part of a healthy lifestyle. Try to make the dental visit into a positive experience, but let children know that they may feel a little discomfort, but the result will be a healthier and brighter smile.

It’s important to find an affordable dentist who understands the fears of patients and the needs of children. Fortunately, you can find quality, compassionate dental care, in Springfield.

Let Gentle Dental of Springfield ease your dental visit anxiety and provide a positive experience. Call Gentle Dental of Springfield today at (484) 810-1247 or make an appointment.

Gentle Dental offers full-service family dentistry and gentle, affordable dental care. With more than 80 affiliated practices in seven states, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. We provide most dental services from basic preventative care and sedation dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional service and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover affordable dentists who truly care at Gentle Dental of Springfield.

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Office very clean workers are very friendly very professional
Quentin I.
Everyone in this office is so nice. Dr. Fee really takes her time with you and educates you on anything you need done. Rudy was very patient with taking my impressions and x-rays. The hygienist, […]
Megan O.
Really great dental group. They are extremely accommodating with appointments and availability. I really appreciate the quick and genuine service they provide. Highly recommend!
Casey H.
i don’t know anyone who enjoys going to the dentist, I hate it! However I do like this dentist office. I feel comfortable there and the staff is very nice and friendly.
Joyel S.
The staff here is great! I’ve had a root canal done, a cleaning, and will go back for a filling soon! The staff makes you feel so comfortable and explains procedures really well!
Katie D.
I have been with Gentle Dental for 10+ years. The staff have always taken good care of my teeth.
Dora B.
Quality of care / concern, warmth
Sister L.
There wad no pressure from staff and no pressure to pick higher treatments they gave me a option that i wad able to aford
Beatrice G.
I can’t say enough good things about Dr. Fee, Rudy, Natalie, Kanesha, Kim, and the rest of the team. I’ve had everything from cleanings to root canals done at Gentle Dentle and now have an […]
Larry D.
Knowledgeable friendly staff that listen to problems and do a great job fixing them
William C.
Dentist Is great and dental hygienist too! Office friendly staff too
Annmarie A.
I particularly like Natalie. She is always cheerful, helpful and very quick to answer questions
Maria H.
I’ve been coming here for years and it’s always a warm, comfortable environment.
Artia R.
The staff’s professionalism and quality work guarantee my return.
Robert C.
I use to have dental anxiety until I started going to Gentle Dental of Springfield. From the minute I walked in the door until I checked out they were nothing but friendly and professional. I set my […]
The staff was very helpful. Best dentist I’ve ever been to . Will be visiting again recommended to family and friends already.
Keith J.
Very welcoming office, Staff is knowledgeable and friendly making your dental experience as comfortable as possible.
Patricia G.
The staff are all so nice and friendly. They make you feel so comfortable. They take their time with you and you don’t feel like your just a number.
Patricia G.
The staffs are very nice and they did a great job!
Alice W.
I was having an emergency (I broke my front tooth in a gym accident). They were able to see me within the hour and quickly and painlessly repaired my tooth.
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  • Monday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Thursday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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