Glendale dentist shares tips for dealing with dental phobia

Maybe you close million-dollar business deals, have piercings and tattoos, are a CrossFitter, or have given birth to twins. No matter how physically and emotionally tough, you could still be one of the millions who suffer dental anxiety. Is this very real condition preventing you from achieving oral health that supports overall wellness, and from having an attractive smile? Dr. Carlos Garcia of Bright Smiles Dental Studio in Glendale, CA shares information to help you overcome dental phobia.

Understand the source

Studies indicate three primary fears related to dental treatment:

  • Loss of control – Not being able to see what is going on, participate in it, or anticipate what will happen next.
  • Embarrassment – Fear of judgement about the condition of the mouth, or discomfort with someone in your personal space.
  • Pain – The most common source of dental anxiety. Interestingly, it is often seen in younger patients, and those who are highly-educated.


Select the right practice

Overcoming dental phobia starts long before you are in the chair. Your treatment by the entire staff of the practice, not just the dentist, plays a vital role. A team that radiates genuine compassion during telephone contact, in the reception area, and in the treatment room, lays a foundation for trust. The practice environment, outside and inside, should be calming and welcoming, too. Anxiety levels soar in an atmosphere of confusion or haste.

If you feel rushed or treated like a number, not a person with valid concerns, find another dentist.

Ask for help

At Bright Smiles Dental Studio, all you need to do is let us know you are nervous about dental care. We have sedation options to ensure soothing experiences:

  • Nitrous oxide, an inhaled gas.
  • Oral sedation, in pill form.
  • IV sedation, for deeper relaxation.

Please don’t wait another day to get your oral health back on track. Call (818) 290-8788 .

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