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Facing Dental Phobia

You know it’s important to take care of your oral health, but your phobia stops you from receiving treatment. The thought of going to the dentist has your palms sweaty, pulse racing, and mind running into overdrive reliving past or imagined experiences. Take a deep breath, relax, and pick up the phone. The team at Baldwinsville Gentle Dentistry is here to help you face your dental phobia.

People use the terms dental phobia and dental anxiety interchangeably, but there is a difference. Dental anxiety is uneasiness or worries about dental treatment. Most people can move past this and get their dental work completed. Dental phobia is a more intense feeling of fear that causes you to avoid dental visits and treatment. People who feel this way usually avoid the dentist until they’re in pain.

Think about what’s causing you to feel anxious about getting dental treatment. Take a moment to write it down and how it makes you feel. Bring this list with you when you visit our office. We’ve listed common reasons below to help you put your thoughts on paper.

Reasons for Dental Phobia

Past Experiences — Sometimes a bad experience during previous dental treatment triggers the phobia. You had a painful visit or complications with your treatment and couldn’t move past the experience.

Indirect Experiences — A family member, friend, or co-worker told you all about their negative experience with the dentist and you can’t get it out of your mind.

Loss of Control — When you’re in the dental chair, you’re not in control of what happens. You don’t know what will happen next or when it will happen and you don’t like that feeling.

Feeling Closed In — You’re in the dental chair with people inches away from you, with their hands and dental instruments in your mouth. You feel as though your personal space doesn’t exist anymore. Everything is closing in on you.

Embarrassment — If you’ve been avoiding the dentist, you may need a lot of dental work. You’re embarrassed about the condition of your mouth and you fear the dentist is judging you.

Fear of the Dental Office — Some people don’t like the sight, smells, or sounds of the dental office. They look at all the equipment and instruments and their fears run rampant as they imagine a variety of scenarios.

Communicating Your Fears

After identifying your fears, talk to Dr. Pearce. You can arrange a no-charge consultation to discuss your dental phobias. The consultation lasts approximately 20 minutes.

He will listen to your concerns, address them, and develop a plan of action to help you move forward. Dr. Pearce has a gentle approach to dentistry and offers sedation dentistry to make you feel comfortable and at ease.

Are you ready to face your dental phobia? We’re here to support you every step of the way. If you live in Baldwinsville, New York, or the surrounding areas, contact our office to schedule a consultation.