Tips from Your Scranton-Area Dentist on Overcoming Fear

Dental appointments are a source of fear and anxiety for many people for a multitude of reasons, from a past negative experience in the dental chair to a fear of dental procedures. While it’s entirely normal to suffer from dental phobia, you can overcome it with the help of an understanding dental care family.

At Back Mountain Dental, we focus on treating patients with dental phobia.

Here’s what one patient said about her pleasant experience in Dr. James DeFinnis’ care:

“Back Mountain Dental is by far the epitome of friendliness and cleanliness that anyone can imagine. The girls and Dr. DeFinnis are super to be around. I always had a fear of dentists. I look forward to have my teeth cleaned. I would recommend this office to anyone.”

The first step to overcoming your fear is to reserve an appointment at our Trucksville, Pennsylvania dental office. It’s a symbolic way to take control of your anxiety and a concrete way to take control of your oral health.

After you schedule your appointment, try these tips:

  • Learn more about me: Visit our web site and read our past blog posts to learn about possible treatment methods, such as IV sedation. You can also read testimonials from past and current patients, like the one above. Dr. DeFinnis and the Back Mountain Dental team ensure your safety, comfort, and the quality of care you receive every time you’re in our office.
  • Make a list of questions and concerns: Bring your list to your appointment. Voice your fears and reasons for making the appointment and bring it with you. During this appointment, we will address your fears, concerns, and questions, as well as take extra precautions and measures to make sure that you’re comfortable in our care.
  • Relax: Before your appointment, use your favorite relaxation method to melt the anxiety away. Take a warm bath, try yoga or deep breathing exercises, light some aromatherapy candles, or listen to your favorite music. Try top open your mind and visualize your sparkling, healthy smile once your treatment has been completed.
  • Consider how important your dental health is: If you feel like canceling your appointment (or turning your car around on the way), ask yourself a few questions: Do I want to continue having oral pain? Do I want to risk leaving problems like gum disease or tooth decay unchecked? Do I want to lose my teeth? Your dental health is an important part of your overall health, and quality dental care is necessary to maintain a healthy and high quality of life.

Need more help with dental phobia? Call Dr. James DeFinnis at Back Mountain Dental to schedule a consultation or appointment.

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