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Fighting Back Against Dental Fears

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The idea of sitting in a dental chair is something that strikes fear in the hearts of countless individuals. Dental fears are not to be taken lightly, as the consequences of neglecting proper dental care have the potential to be quite severe. Fortunately, there are several simple steps that anyone dealing with dental fear can take to make visiting a dentist in Allentown easier than they may have imagined.

The fear of the unknown is the cause of dental anxiety for countless individuals. Not knowing what sorts of problems a routine examination might reveal can cause some to experience a feeling of uneasiness they would much rather avoid. Concerns over potential discomfort, inconvenience, and expense stemming from cavities and/or gum disease that may be discovered keep many people from going to the dentist. The good news is that a strong commitment to preventive dental care on a daily basis can go a long way toward reducing the likelihood that such unpleasant surprises will occur. The confidence that comes from good dental care practices can help to stop dental fears in their tracks.

Another common trigger for those with serious dental anxiety has to do with the sights and sounds of the tools a dentist uses to perform procedures and examinations. Dental drills in particular seem to have the ability to cause a great deal of nervousness among such patients. Those suffering from this anxiety may prefer to seek a family dentistry expert skilled in the use of air abrasion, which eliminates the need for drills. Otherwise, simply spending some time becoming familiar with the tools a dentist uses, the sounds they make, and how they are used can work wonders for any nervous patient.

If the prospect of sitting in a dental chair fearfully trying to anticipate the dentist’s next move is simply too nerve-wracking to contemplate, it may be best for some patients to simply plug in some headphones, listen to soothing music, and mentally escape to someplace far away.

Sufferers of serious dental fears can take comfort in the fact that family dentistry practitioners everywhere are far more sensitive to their concerns than ever before. Being honest and forthright about dental anxiety is the best way to alert a dentist to the situation so they know to take extra steps to alleviate the dental fears and provide the most comfortable experience possible.

To get the dental care you deserve from an affordable dentist in Allentown, call Gentle Dental of Allentown today at (610) 616-3593 or make an appointment.

Gentle Dental offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Allentown. With 14 affiliated practices in the Greater Philadelphia area, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Gentle Dental of Allentown, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general 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, affordable dental care 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 an affordable dentist who truly cares at Gentle Dental of Allentown. 

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