Afraid of the Dentist? Relax!

I know that some of my patients suffer from anxiety and don’t look forward to our visits. If you are one of them, you aren’t alone. It is estimated that nearly 60% of the population has some fear or anxiety, with as many as 10% having a phobia deep enough to avoid getting the dental care they need. Though fear of the dentist is the topic of much humor, it is no laughing matter to you if you suffer from it. Is there anything that can be done about this dental anxiety and fear?

Yes, there is a solution to your dental fear. Relaxation dentistry is dentistry that strives to reduce dental anxiety, increase your comfort, and greatly improve your overall experience in the dental office. Providing you with this experience is one of our main goals at Baldwinsville Gentle Dentistry.

Things We Do

We understand that your fears and anxieties are real. We listen to your concerns and explain how we can help you overcome those dental fears. Some of the ways we do that include:

Consultation — We offer a free consultation that lasts about 20 minutes and explains our patient-friendly approach and clearly goes over what you can expect from your care here.

Calm Environment — From our décor to the personal caring touch during procedures, you will find your time here soothing, pleasing, and less stressful. Our philosophy is even reflected in our name.

IV Sedation — A leading cause of dental phobia is the fear of pain. In IV sedation, you are given an anesthetic that goes to work quickly, relaxing you and putting you at ease. Also known as “conscious sedation,” you’ll be in a state where time passes quickly, and you may not even remember the actual procedure.

Things You Can Do

There are things you can do to help you relax during a visit. Stress worsens dental fear. Practice breathing exercises and muscle relaxation techniques to keep stress under control. The main thing you can do is communicate. Discuss your fears with us so we can better help you cope. Of course, scheduling regular checkups can help us catch issues before they become traumatic problems in the future.

Fear of the dental office shouldn’t keep you from having a beautiful, healthy smile. Our unique approach will allow you to get the dental care you require. If you are in Baldwinsville or the surrounding area of Central New York, call us to schedule a no-charge phobia and anxiety consultation today!

To your health,
Dr. Pearce