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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Excellent staff. Very thoughtful and thorough. Made me feel welcome.
Charlotte S.
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!
Satyra J.
Dr Ascano and his dental assistant Donna are phenomenal. I spent many hours over a couple years getting a complete dental makeover with root canals, fillings replaced and a partial made. I no longer […]
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I recently switched to this office and couldn’t be happier. Dr. Delgado is very personable, professional, and thorough. The staff is also very friendly and helpful.
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Best dentist I’ve been to. Staff were very helpful and friendly. Dr. Duan is definitely the person to go to for exemplary dental work, and I highly recommend her. Worth the 30min commute.
Kaori M.
I love Dr A and he takes great care of my whole family’s dental needs with a smile
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It took me over 20years to get to the dentist. If I would have known Dr. Ascano was out there I would have gone sooner. From the very first visit he took all my fears away and made me feel […]
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James B.
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Adam E.
I never thought that I can say that about dental office but I love this place
Jerzy K.
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 […]
Allissa B.
Doctor was professional and friendly. Staff was also very friendly
Javier O.
My daughter and I had a very good experience the people very nice professional and kind and yes very gentle my daughter’s a big baby
Jacob A.
The dentist and staff are great, very friendly people who love what they do. I never feel pain and I’m happy with the outcome everytime.
Ronesha W.
I’ve been going to Dr. Ascano for years!!! He’s the best! I would NEVER entrust my teeth to anyone else. The staff is amazing, the office is always super clean, you’re greeted with “Hello” […]
Sonia A.
Office staff is top notch. Always pleasant, cheerful, helpful. My kids love Dr Ascano. Makes having dental work an easy going experience. Would highly recommend & have​recommended.
Chris R.
Very close to my home (so I’m referring my daughter there), plus my teeth feel very clean after a cleaning & they gave good advice on using a water pick since I hate using floss.
Shari H.
Dr. Ray Ascano is the best dentist I have ever had and a really nice guy. He has done A LOT of work on my teeth and it has been about as painless as you can get. Highly recommend you choose this […]
Mike J.
everybody was great from the time I got there to the time I left
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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
  • Saturday 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Sunday Closed
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