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Dental Anxiety and Fear

Dental anxiety stems from an overwhelming fear of what might happen during a dental visit. Many people visualize a very painful and scary experience. The reality, however, is very different. Dr. Ellie Mahmoodi and Dr. Amanda Elbert put your comfort, relaxation, and happiness as their top priority.

The staff at Serenity Dental Woodbury will do whatever they can to reduce anxiety, allay fears, and provide painless, quick treatments. Here at Serenity Dental Woodbury, we offer complimentary beverages, headphones & a wide selection of music, DVD movies, hand warmers, warm neck wraps, aromatherapy, massaging chairs, and cozy blankets for your comfort to make your visit more comfortable.

Some of the most common dental fears are:

  • embarrassment about the condition of teeth
  • gagging
  • injections
  • loss of control
  • pain, not being completely numb
  • sounds of the hand piece (or the “drill”)

How can you overcome dental anxiety?

Dental anxiety and fear can become completely overwhelming.  It is estimated that as many as 35 million people do not visit the dental office at all because they are too afraid.  Receiving regular dental check-ups and cleanings is incredibly important and it also the easiest way to maintain excellent oral hygiene and reduce the need for more complex treatments.

Here are some tips to help reduce dental fear and anxiety at Serenity Dental Woodbury:

Talk to us – At Serenity Dental, we can’t read minds.  Though it can be hard to talk about irrational fears with a stranger, the staff at Serenity Dental Woodbury can help ease your fears and anxiety if they are communicated.

Bring a portable music player – Music acts as a relaxant and also drowns out any fear-producing noises.  Listening to calming music throughout the appointment will help to reduce anxiety. We also offer relaxing scenery movies to help calm you further.

Agree on a signal –At Serenity Dental, we discuss ways to communicate during the procedure if anything is bothering you. Just a raise of your left hand will let Dr. Ellie Mahmoodi and Dr. Amanda Elbert know that you would like a break or are feeling something uncomfortable. We’ll even flip off that massaging chair if it’s bugging you, just let us know!

If you have questions or concerns about how we can help you overcome anxiety and fear, please contact Serenity Dental Woodbury at 651-414-0208.