How to Deal with Dental Phobia


Dental phobia affects millions of people; between 9 to 20% of the population. That’s a lot! But when dental phobia prevents you from getting the maintenance and care that you need, what can you do?

Sedation dentistry has become the answer for those who become paralyzed or avoid the dentist due to anxiety.

How to Deal with Dental Phobia – Sedation Dentistry

Here are some tips on finding a quality sedation dentist you trust:

  • Trained and certified in several styles of sedation dentistry. This is important, because sedation dentistry is not a one-size-fits-all approach. Each person experiences dental phobia differently, which means that addressing dental phobia will be different as well.
  • The office is quiet and calm. – It’s difficult enough to convince someone with dental phobia to step foot through the office door, but keeping them in the waiting room when the environment is less-than peaceful won’t work. Entering a quiet and calm office upon arrival will help ward off anxiety.
  • Latest technology. Keeping up on technology is important in sedation dentistry because the more efficient a dentist is, the more work can be done in a single visit and the less visits you’ll have to make. One day crowns (CEREC®) have become the new high bar when it comes to needing a crown.
  • Compassionate staff. Each person you interact with should be friendly and pleasant to deal with. Your sedation dentist should take the time needed to listen and understand your personal experience with dental phobia so he or she can put together a custom plan on how to deal with dental phobia for your situation.

Looking for a sedation dentist in Phoenix, AZ and the surrounding areas? Fill out our contact form or give us a call today to see how we can help.


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