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How to Overcome Dental Anxiety

December 8, 2014
"I couldn't even drive to the dentist office without getting stressed out."

Dental anxiety prevents people from seeking proper preventative care. Between 5% and 8% of Americans avoid dentists out of fear, estimates Peter Milgrom, DDS, director of the Dental Fears Research Clinic at the University of Washington in Seattle and author of Treating Fearful Dental Patients.

Dr. Reese is specially trained in handling fearful patients with a variety of methods and treatments are available to reduce pain and alleviate fear in the dentist's chair. He goes out of his way to create a nonthreatening environment that is calm and soothing to patients in Indianapolis.


Many people who experience dental phobia are hesitant when visiting a dentist. They often have a fear of the office, the sounds, the equipment, or the dentist themselves. Various sedation dentistry techniques can be used to treat those who suffer from dental anxiety or dental phobia.

People with severe dental phobia are terrified and panic-stricken when it comes time to see the dentist and they often avoid the dental appointment completely. If you're afraid of the dentist and are avoiding treatment, know that there is a way to overcome dental anxiety to help calm your fears.