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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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Recently went in for my first appointment/ evaluation at Bright Smiles and I have to say, I’ve never left a dental office in such a great mood. The staff is very welcoming and professional in every way possible which just makes the experience that much better. I instantly felt like a longtime member. I will be going back soon to get work done and I honestly can’t wait for that appointment!
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Dr. Carlos C. Garcia, DDS

Dr. Carlos C. Garcia is a leading dentist in Glendale CA. Having first earned a DDS from Brazil’s prestigious State University of Rio de Janeiro in 1997, he received his license to practice there. Dr. Garcia then attended the University of Southern California’s School of Dentistry where he earned a dual DDS degree. Not only did he graduate with honors at both institutions but has also served as a teaching assistant! Today, with over twenty-three years of experience as a general and cosmetic dentist, he prides in providing quality dental care experiences to his Glendale patients through Bright Smiles Dental Studio. His specialty lies in dental implants, complex smile makeovers, and full mouth restorations using modern and innovative technologies and techniques. Dr. Garcia has been nominated for membership in the American Association for the Advancement of Science; Science Program for Excellence in Science.

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