Gentle Dental of Haverford
354 West Lancaster Avenue, Haverford, PA 19041

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 Haverford.

Let Gentle Dental of Haverford ease your dental visit anxiety and provide a positive experience. Call Gentle Dental of Haverford today at (610) 572-1248 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 Haverford.

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It’s always been an extremely friendly environment.
Joseph R.
I have been with this office for many years and their current top dentist, Dr. Natched is the most thorough, skilled and confidence-inspiring I have encountered during that time. The assistants are […]
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Staff is efficient, friendly and competent.
Genevieve M.
The dental hygienists, doctors, and staff are all very friendly and are helpful in calming my anxiety. When they are working on my teeth, they are gentle and understanding when I tell them I need a […]
Erin D.
The service was great didn’t have a long wait time in the waiting area. The staff overall is very nice in the way they talk to you and look after you.
Racquel S.
Both the hygienist and dentist did a wonderful job with my 3 year old son. It was his first time to the dentist and they made him feel at ease.
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On time, friendly, caring, expert treatment
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Diana B.
You were very good at keeping me at ease while doing my cleaning. Thank You!
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Friendly staff. I have a low threshold for pain. They understand!
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The dentist was helpful, efficient, and kind.
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Treatment is always first rate
Robert B.
Tara Marie and office management team is very friendly and efficient
Edward D.
Loved the new doctor. Tara the hygienist is the best.
Emma B.
I had an acute tooth issue and was able to be seen same day. Very kind and patient staff. Thanks
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The dentist is fantastic and Terri the office manager is so nice,
Mary K.
I’ve been going to Gentle Dental for several years now. Back in April I took a fall down some concrete steps, leaving some severe trauma to my mouth and me without two front teeth. Dr. Nached and […]
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Tara and Dr Berman are the Best!
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Front office staff very nice. Hygienist very nice and did a great job !
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Excellent staff, and the Dentist was the best I have experienced.
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  • Tuesday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Thursday 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Friday 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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