Gentle Dental of West Chester
125 Turner Lane, West Chester, PA 19380

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 West Chester.

Let Gentle Dental of West Chester ease your dental visit anxiety and provide a positive experience. Call Gentle Dental of West Chester today at (484) 643-4417 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 West Chester.

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Always on time for appointments and very friendly staff.
Anonymous
The office was clean and the staff was friendly and professional. The doctor was very caring and helpful.
Shauna M.
Dr. Valentine is very personable, and truly seems to care. She makes sure that you see your X-rays in order to understand exactly what may be an […]
Thomas S.
Great dentist, very personable and put me at ease right away. And that's saying something since you usually have to gas me before I'd let you near me.
Dusty T.
I had a good experience this past Friday. I had 2 teeth extracted by Dr. Valentine. She did a great job. She is very nice and professional at the […]
Patricia D.
Made me feel comfortable and people were friendly
Pamela J.
I was taken on time. Service was quick and painless. I had a filling done and a cleaning the previous week. Everyone from the receptionist to the […]
Al K.
I was very pleased with Dr. Valentine's professional work. She always makes me feel very comfortable!
Joseph Y.
They do great work very happy and I would recommend everyone to go there.
Elwood C.
As always, everyone in the West Chester office are awesome!
Lucy D.
Always a good experience
James K.
Great appointment as always!
Lucy D.
This is my first visit. The staff is very nice on the phone and in person. I really like Dr. Valentine. She is thorough,caring of my needs and made […]
Susan F.
Dr Valentine continues to be the best dentist I've seen. Quick, painless, efficient. Couldn't be happier.
Bret R.
Extremely kind. Great customer service. They were able to schedule me in for an emergency appointment the same day I called.
Mike C.
Very accommodating
James K.
I have been treated with respect from the front desk, Dentist to the paying of my bill. This is from a life long dentist hater who is no longer in […]
Nancy H.
polite and painless
Douglas L.
As always, everyone that works at Gentle Dental West Chester are awesome.
Lucy D.
Dr. Valentine is great!
Sean P.
very through
Beverly J.
You guys were awesome !
Matthew R.
Dr Penfill is awesome!!
David G.
Great folks to be around during a trip to the dentist. Everything went perfectly! I was in and out before I knew it.
Chris T.
It was pleasurable.
Maria M.
Still amazing! Dr. Penfil and Laura! They are awesome!
Jacqueline W.
Painless!
Sharon R.
Excellent service and great advice.
Lee T.
I had a great experience. Thank you
Regina G.
Great service and everyone was extremely helpful and informative.
Sean P.
Every one is so nice and they make you feel comfortable !!
Pamela J.
Fast and painless tooth extraction
Chris N.
Both excellent dental care and an efficient and informative office staff and administrative system.
Douglas S.
As always, I had a great visit.
Lucy D.
The folks at Gentle Dental are professional and friendly.
Anonymous
Dr Penfill is very, very thorough
David G.
I was able to get in the same day for a broken filling replacement. I was explained my options to fix the tooth along with the financial impact […]
Curt L.
Caring, patient treatment. Answered all of my questions and kept me apprised of what was going on. Friendly, excellent and painless care. Very good!
Daniel M.
Fast, great service from friendly staff.
Anonymous
Everyone at Gentle Dental is professional and polite. Dr. Valentine checked out my situation and provided me with her professional opinion and […]
John R.
treatment was very gentle
Anonymous
Saw me immediately for dental emergency
James K.
Difficult situation worked out very well so far.
Michael S.
Excellent service and professional staff.
Rebecca A.
I have been seeing Dr. Penfil for over 25 years and highly recommend this dentist!
Anonymous
Most professional, friendly and accomodating.
Frank P.
Friendly, accommodating, and most importantly the work that's been done on my teeth is fantastic. I could ask for anything more in a practice.
Wesley W.
I have finally found a dentist (Dr. Valentine) who is absolutely amazing. She is professional, sincere and efficient. I never leave her office […]
Melinda A.
Dr. Valentine is very very nice and very patient with me I know I can be a difficult patient at times. I am thankful to her and her staff
Carolyn B.
very good dentist would recommend to anyone.
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  • Tuesday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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