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Are You Afraid to Go to the Dentist ?

  • Posted on: Jun 30 2023
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Feeling afraid to go to the dentist happens frequently. Many patients have had prior bad experiences that makes them feel anxious. However, dental fears shouldn’t keep you away from the dentist and allow you to neglect your dental health. Let’s look at some ways you can manage your dental fears and how sedation dentistry can help you.

Speak with Your Dentist

While this may seem like a simple idea, it is easily one of the most important ways to alleviate dental anxiety. Your dentist would be more than happy to discuss the steps of procedures, what will be done and why, and which tools can make you more comfortable. It can feel comforting to express your fears directly to your dentist so they can work with you to feel better. All dentists want you to leave their office happy and healthier. While we recommend everyone talk to their dentist, this can be especially helpful for people who have had poor experiences in the past. He or she needs to understand what has caused your distress.


For some, the worst part of a dental appointment is the sound of tools or drills. We recommend listening to some music with noise reduction headphones.

Sedation Dentistry

Some people’s dental fear doesn’t come from past experiences or issues with sounds. Instead, the idea of going to the dentist, in general, is just anxiety-inducing. This is why Dr. Lenny Slepchik offers sedation dentistry using nitrous oxide as a service to his patients. Nitrous oxide quickly induces a state of relaxation and calm that can dispel anxiety. Sedation dentistry is great for any form of dental anxiety. He offers sedation dentistry to ensure all of his patients can feel as comfortable as possible during treatment. If you are a fearful person and have difficlty taking take the first step, think about trying nitrous oxide. So many of our patients are much more comfortable using it. Contact Dr. Slepchik’s office at either 514-875-7971 or send an email to [email protected]

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