Dealing with Dental Fear – Communication is Key

dca-blog_dental-fears-female-dentist-light

If the thought of going to the dentist fills you with dread, you may be among the 20 percent of Americans who suffer from dental anxiety or its more serious form, dental phobia. Some people experience mild anxiety and nervousness before and during dental appointments, but others may face sleepless nights, stomach problems, crying spells, panic attacks, headaches, palpitations, feelings of suffocation, and more. Severe dental phobia sometimes requires medical or psychiatric intervention, but sufferers of mild dental anxiety can often manage their symptoms with a little help from their dental team. 


The following are some of the most common causes of dental fear:

  • Being afraid of dentist tools, such as drills or other sharp instruments.
  • Fear of pain, which may be a result of a negative dental experience.
  • Concern that anesthetic will be ineffective.
  • Fear of injections or needles.
  • Worry about side effects from medications or injections.
  • Feeling out of control or helpless.
  • Being embarrassment about condition of teeth.
  • Fear of criticism about dental care habits.
  • Invasion of personal space.

Discussing your fear with your dentist in South Bend is the best way to overcome dental anxiety. Dentists understand that many people avoid seeking treatment if their dental experiences in the past have been negative, and most are willing to work with their patients to ensure that dental fear is 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 willing 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 anxiety 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 South Bend, call The Dental Center of Indiana today at (855) 979-3358 or make an appointment.

The Dental Center offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in South Bend. With 4 affiliated practices throughout Indiana, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At The Dental Center of Indiana, 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 The Dental Center of Indiana.

Read What Our Patients Say
Patient Reviews
Everyone is so nice and worked my kids in for sealants while we were there
Josiah W.
The professionalism and courtesy of the people I met there. The rooms were set out in a useful and comfortable way and the people not only know their job, but they value the customers.
Marianne H.
Dr. Kiser and his assistant (I believe her name was Brittani) provided me with EXCELLENT care. I was in extreme pain due to a tooth that need to be extracted and even though it looked pretty […]
Loretta A.
the dentist keizer i believe was his name who has taken over all my dental work since i was about 20 has been amazing. super friendly, explains things so i fully understand, and even goes above and […]
Alyssa W.
Great customer service! The hygienist and doctor was extremely gentle and caring. They respected my privacy during my visit. I highly recommend The Dental Center!!
Amy G.
Friendly place very competent staff
Harvey J.
Very patient friendly, not many people like going to the dentist but everyone in the office makes it a pleasurable experience.
Debbie S.
Great care this appointment
Aspen G.
Took my 5-year-old to get cavities filled, he actually fell asleep! I got to stay with him the whole time. The staff was amazing, I would highly recommend this office.
Angela F.
Exceptional service by Cheryl
Alex M.
Very friendly staff-candy the dental technician is just super
Benjamin W.
Freindly and caring staff and dentist. They explain everything they are doing. They make sure you like their work before you leave.
Debbie S.
Caring , fun and goofy doctors . Experience overall was great
Andrea G.
Felt like the dentist listened to me and concerns. Didn’t feel rushed
Khale L.
The staff, the dental assistants and especially the doctor are so welcoming and wonderful with children. It is unlike any other dentist office I have been to … Very, sincerely caring.
Giovanni M.
The doctor assistant was very nice and explained everything to me in detail…she was very understanding and patient as I have dental anxiety…overall everyone was great…
Maribel S.
I’ve been a patient for greater then 20 years. First because they were conveniently located to my home but I’ve stayed due to the excellent care. Dr Douglas and the staff are always professional […]
Don C.
People are always nice and answer all questions.
Mark M.
Good service..
Adriel R.
If you need a dentist and are scared due to past experiences don’t worry, go to the dental center of Mishawaka and not only will your teeth look good and will show them off with a smile but […]
George K.
We Accept Most Insurance Plans!
Learn More

We accept most insurance plans and will be happy to help you understand the coverage that you have. We will do our best to see that you receive your maximum insurance benefits for all covered services.

No Insurance? No Worries! See our discounts and offers here