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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Excellent care and treatment
James H.
Excellent care by a professional and very capable team!
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The staff is always friendly and helpful.
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The staff at Gentle Dentle remember all my family individually, we have a daughter who is special needs-they were great with her! It’s exactly what a great dentist office should be.
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friendly and quality of care
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The Dental Hygenist was so nice and friendly. She made me feel less stressed about the Dental issues I’m having.
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I love Dr. Valentine. She makes me feel so at ease and makes the trip to the dentist as pleasurable as it possibly can be.
Stephanie M.
Appointment was on time. Dental work was done efficiently and pleasantly.
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I cannot slide to the response that I would like to give. I would give it a 10 because Dr. Valentine does an outstanding job. She explains and shows the details of her job to you before and while she […]
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The staff seem very knowledgeable and are very nice. The office is very clean and the equipment/practices used seem very up to date.
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Wonderful dental hygienist! She is friendly and professional. I feel comfortable with her and she’s just fantastic!
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Very professionally run office,my appointment was on time and the staff extremely helpful. I met Denise as I entered, she was so pleasant and courteous and a joy to talk with. Any fears of being in a […]
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Richard W.
Everyone in office is great. Excellent service always with a smile. I take my entire family there. Including my mother.
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Dr Valentine, Laura, Regina and all the staff is great. They are friendly, caring, efficient and honest. I came from another office that told me I had 6 cavities when in fact I have zero per Dr. […]
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  • Tuesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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  • Thursday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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