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Don’t Be Scared Of The Dentist in Plainville, CT

It is perfectly normal to have apprehension or dental anxiety when thinking about going to the dentist. In fact, between 9% to 20% Americans report that they avoid getting dental care due because they are scared of the dentist. So, take heart, you are not alone.

Common Reasons for Dental Anxiety

  • Fear of pain is the most common reason people scared of the dentist. This can be the result of previous experiences with dentists in the past, scary stories told by others, and even the portrayal of dentists in movies and television.
  • Feelings of helplessness and loss of control is another problem for some people. When you are in the dental chair, you have to stay still and let someone else do things that you think may hurt or make you feel uncomfortable.
  • Embarrassment is also a common reason you may be scared of the dentist. There are several aspects of embarrassment that could play a role. You might feel self-conscious about the condition of your teeth if you have not been to the dentist for a long time, or if you have not been diligent with your oral hygiene. Also, the mouth is an intimate part of the body, and it may make you feel anxious to have a stranger looking inside. Finally, dental treatments require physical closeness, so if you have a personal space “bubble” that requires distance from others, you may feel very uncomfortable when the dentist’s face is just inches away from yours.
  • Negative past experiences with dentists or dental procedures can make you more likely to be anxious about going through something that is similar. Especially if you are an older adult, you may remember when dental practices were not as advanced as they are today, and find it difficult to trust that you will not be hurt again.

Ways Gentle Dental Care Can Help

  • Excellent Pain and Stress Management – We offer the full spectrum of pain-free and stress-free options, from local anesthetic to IV sedation. You can choose to be lightly sedated or more heavily sedated during your procedure to opt out of the sights, sounds, smells, and sensations of any procedure. With the use of IV sedation, we are also able to perform many procedures in one longer visit, instead of requiring multiple appointments. We have been able to help many people get the dental care they really need by making the experience more physically and emotionally comfortable for them.
  • Compassionate Communication – Not only do we listen to your concerns and questions with respect and understanding, but we also explain what to expect, so there are no surprises during your visit. If you are struggling with anxiety, please speak up, so we know to take extra special care to help you feel at ease. We believe in building trust, involving you in treatment plans and decisions about your care, so you can be confident you have some control over how your dental procedures are done.
  • No-Lecture Policy – Believe us when we tell you, we have seen just about everything when it comes to oral health conditions. We are not intimidated or judgmental about the state of your teeth. You can expect compassion and even excitement about helping you to improve your oral health and appearance – no guilt and no lectures. We are here to help you feel better!
  • Redefining Your Dental Experience – We cannot erase unpleasant memories about previous dental visits. If you are able to trust us, you will have the opportunity to change the way you feel about dentistry. With a precise dentist who does outstanding work, a staff that genuinely cares about you as a whole person, and the options that sedation dentistry offers for fearful patients, we are confident we will help you redefine your dental experience.

Don’t be scared of the dentist! Dr. Thomas Peltzer and our staff at Gentle Dental Care are happy to walk you through your apprehension about coming to the dentist so you can stay on track with great oral health. If you are ready to make an appointment, please call us at 860-479-2397, or use our online form.

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