Gentle Dental of Thorndale
3307 East Lincoln Highway, Thorndale, PA 19372

Understand and Overcome Your Fear of the Dentist

Understand and Overcome Your Fear of the Dentist

Do you dread going to the dentist? You’re not alone. Up to 20 percent of people are so anxious about dental visits that they delay them until a major dental problem leaves them no other choice. Also, as many as two-thirds of people blame their intense fear of the dentist on a previous bad dental experience. These findings were revealed by the Dental Fears Research Clinic at the University of Washington. This clinic specializes in the treatment of children and adults with a severe fear of seeing the dentist. While it’s clear that dental fears run far, wide, and deep, there are ways to control and even conquer your concerns. After all, it’s much scarier to deal with the consequences of ignoring your dental health. 

While it’s easy to understand how a negative experience or the sight of sharp dental objects can cause fear in patients, avoiding the dentist is the worst way to deal with it. Not getting regular dental check-ups only increases the chances of tooth decay and other dental problems, which is likely to lead to more time and expense at the dentist’s office.

Fortunately, there are many ways to ease your anxiety. First, a dental assistant can explain the procedure or the purpose of certain tools so you know what to expect. Also, you can arrange to signal when you feel uncomfortable during the procedure, which will prompt the dentist to stop his work and give you a brief break.

Since many dentists anticipate a degree of dental anxiety, they have already equipped their offices with features designed to distract patients during procedures. They offer soothing music, and access to televisions for watching movies, and hang scenic paintings to help patients relax. In certain circumstances, they are able to prescribe mild sedatives for anxious patients. Be sure to discuss this with your dentist prior to your appointment.

Parents who fear the dentist need to shield their children from their own anxiety so their kids learn to accept dental care as a regular part of a healthy lifestyle. Try to make the dental visit into a positive experience, but let children know that they may feel a little discomfort, but the result will be a healthier and brighter smile.

It’s important to find an affordable dentist who understands the fears of patients and the needs of children. Fortunately, you can find quality, compassionate dental care, in Thorndale.

Let Gentle Dental of Thorndale ease your dental visit anxiety and provide a positive experience. Call Gentle Dental of Thorndale today at (610) 590-1798 or make an appointment.

Gentle Dental offers full-service family dentistry and gentle, affordable dental care. With more than 80 affiliated practices in seven states, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. We provide most dental services from basic preventative care and sedation 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 service 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 affordable dentists who truly care at Gentle Dental of Thorndale.

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Patient Reviews
dentist handled in prof and compassionate manner
Earle K.
Dentist was very professional and painless. I lost a filling in the afternoon and they squeezed me in the next morning.
Frances F.
Dr.In explained everything in detail and was very gentle when he extracted my tooth. I appreciate his bedside manner.
Sharon M.
I would recommend anyone to your office, from the doctor to the hole staff you guys are great the most important thing to me is everyone is so […]
Gerald R.
Staff and Dentist did an excellent job on my first visit!!!!
Gladys A.
Great experience overall. Staff were very patient with me.
Anonymous
Very friendly, nice staff and great dental work
Janice B.
I have a wonderful experience with you guys. Bravo!!!
William L.
Everyone at Gentle Dental are great people, very helpful and understanding, and I thank them for everything.
David H.
My wait in the waiting area was longer than I anticipated. Arrived on time thinking I would be taken immediately, because I don't like dentists plus […]
Anonymous
Dr In is very pleasant and all the techs and receptionist are very helpfull.
Elaine M.
Very good visit with Dr. In. He was right on schedule and had a very pleasant experience.
Richard C.
Staff was very proficient with what needed to be done.My problem was explained so that I could understand what was needed to be done
Rodney D.
I was very pleased with the service. The receptionist was wonderful and really well informed. I literally had no wait time upon arriving about 15 […]
Anonymous
Gentle Dental exceeded my expectations. Everyone--from the receptionists to the dental assistants to the hygenist--was friendly and accomodating, and […]
Anonymous
I am a self confessed scaredy cat when it comes to the dentist. I have a difficult time calling to make an appointment. I have Never felt more […]
Helene R.
Dr. In was very thorough in explaining procedure. I am very comfortable with his "bedside" manner
Sharon M.
T Thank you my daughter had to have two teeth filled For the first time! Great experiance Thank you Joanne
Jessica F.
Receptionist needs to be aware of appointment times of the patients and let the staff know when the pt. arrives and not pick and choose who's chart […]
Anonymous
The receptionist, hygienist and doctor were all very pleasant. I had to wait about half an hour, but that was because I was a walk-in. Overall, […]
Anonymous
Two root canals went very smooth and ensured that I felt no pain during the procedure.
Tony E.
Got in and out right away. Dr. Inn's service is one of excellence. Very trustworthy.
Anonymous
Great experience. Lori did an excellent jod cleaning my teeth! !
Gladys A.
I think the girls were very friendly and easy to talk to. The dentist was super sweet and gentle. I didnt feel a thing well until the novacaine wore […]
Diana M.
I am very pleased with service and treatment I get at Gentle Dental, they are very courteous and don't leave you waiting for your appointment.
Robert E.
The office staff is quick and efficient. I'm always seen in a timely manner and Dr. is always caring and careful to explain everything and answer all […]
Kaylene H.
In fact I really like the way Lori cleaned my teeth. She did a wonderful job. I will definitely recommend gentle dental Thorndale to friends and […]
William L.
So far, it's been really good
Theresa G.
Dr In and staff are excellent!
Elizabeth P.
I found the office staff very nice and the dentist took his time with me and explained everything that I needed done
Frances B.
Am comfortable and impressed with professional demeanor of the office, particularily the Dentist
Earle K.
The visit went well
James T.
Everyone provided excellent customer service and the wait time was short.....I loved that!
Melanie R.
The service was great as well as the professionalism! In my case i had full dentures made. Unfortunately there is not a lab on site,this made my […]
Robert E.
Everyone and everything at Gentle Dental Thorndale was great. I am very well pleased with the work that was done.The DOCTOR was excellent. I have a […]
Letica W.
I will be recommending Gentle Dental to everyone I know. All employees are very nice and professional. There was very little wait time and the […]
Anonymous
Thanks for your proffesionalism Dr In and the whole staff.
Robert C.
I like this practice and they are very good with chilren. I always have a good experience with my daughter.
Madelyn N.
I was not pleased with the wait. I would rather not be scheduled when it takes so long.
Lawrence P.
Pleased with visit and great staff
Yvette C.
Staff was curtious and helpful. Everything was explained to me and I was told what to expect.
Arthur A.
dental hygienist was great. i believe name is erin. put me at ease enough to get the job done..and that is not an easy thing to do...
Barbara P.
excellent service!!!!
Antonia N.
I am grateful for the Kind & Gentle treatment I have received. Very efficient Dentist & staff.
Diana P.
I was very pleased with the work done on my teeth. Thank you good job!
Brenda H.
Gentle Dental did a great job as always. Nice people.
Karl F.
Fast painless and very affordable.
Neil C.
I really enjoyed the visits I have had already very friendly staff for the most part and my dentist was great I just hated the amount of pain I was […]
Brooke B.
I have never had a problem, the staff are pleasant, and Dr. Miller is the best
Esther B.
Front desk girl always knows my name :-) everyone is so nice and everything is quick and easy!
Brooke B.
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  • Monday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Tuesday 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Wednesday 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Thursday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Saturday 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Sunday Closed
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