Gentle Dental of St. Clair Shores
26210 Harper Avenue, Suite 100, St. Clair Shores, MI 48081

Are You Terrified of Dental Appointments? Let Your Dentist Help.

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If dental anxiety prevents you from visiting your dentist in St. Clair Shores, you’re not alone. Between nine and 20 percent of American adults avoid seeing their dentist as a result of dental fear. Those who experience severe or uncontrollable dental fear symptoms may actually have dental phobia, which is a more serious condition that may require psychiatric treatment. People who are afraid of dentist appointments often put off dental care until they are in extreme pain. Symptoms of dental anxiety and dental phobia include insomnia the night before an appointment, nervousness, nausea, headache, crying, rapid heartbeat, and feelings of suffocation during treatment.

Are You Afraid of Dentist Tools, Pain, or Losing Control?

Dental anxiety occurs for many reasons. The following are the most common things dental patients fear:

  1. Pain, which may be related to an early negative experience or horror stories told by others.
  2. Needles or injections.
  3. Dental drills or sharp instruments.
  4. Ineffective anesthetic.
  5. Side effects from injections or medications.
  6. Feeling helpless or out of control.
  7. Embarrassment about oral conditions.
  8. Invasion of personal space.
  9. Criticism of oral care habits or condition of teeth.

Coping with Dental Fear: Talk It Out

The best way to overcome your fears is to discuss them with your dentist. Dental professionals understand that people avoid seeking treatment when their experiences have been negative. Most dentists are willing to work with their patients to ensure that concerns are addressed and treatments are as comfortable as possible. If your dentist is not interested in discussing your dental anxiety, find one who is. A conscientious dentist is wiling to explain everything that is happening during a procedure so that you are fully informed and prepared for the next step. If you become uncomfortable or need a break, you can use a predetermined signal such as a raised hand to alert your dentist. With good communication and trust between you and your dentist, your dental fear can be greatly reduced, and you won’t experience as much stress before your appointment.

To get the dental care you deserve from an affordable dentist in St. Clair Shores, call Gentle Dental of St. Clair Shores today at (248) 850-1809 or make an appointment.

Gentle Dental offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in St. Clair Shores. With 8 affiliated practices throughout Michigan, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Gentle Dental of St. Clair Shores, 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 St. Clair Shores.

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Such an amazing staff all around. Kathy, Dr. Ascano and Dr. Duan are all so knowledgeable and kind. They made me feel so comfortable even though I was a pain to them and have a crazy fear of the […]
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Dr. Ascano is very caring and personable. He really makes a point to get to know his patients. The staff at Gentle Dental are VERY helpful too!
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Best experience I’ve had at a dentist. I’ve always been afraid of dentist visits. I was very nervous to have 3 wisdom teeth pulled but my dentist, Dr. Duan, was very nice and supportive. She made […]
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  • Monday 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Tuesday 8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Wednesday 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Thursday 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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  • Sunday Closed
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