The short answer to this common question is that no, all children aren’t automatically afraid of the dentist. It’s age-appropriate for small children to be uncomfortable with strangers or to whine or cry during an examination. This is more a fear of the unknown than...

There are many forms of dental sedation and many reasons each option is used on a specific patient or during a certain dental procedure. Because sedation is a form of medication, you may wonder if you can eat or drink before you’re sedated. The answer,...

People use the terms dental anxiety and dental fear interchangeably, but they’re really two separate things. Both come from a place of fear, but one usually leaves people with long-term dental problems and poorer health. With a dentist who cares and knows how to help fearful...

You tell yourself this time will be different. You’ll make the dentist appointment, go to the office, and have your teeth cleaned or that wisdom tooth removed. Instead of hiding your smile, you’ll be proud of it. Instead of dealing with that nagging pain, you’ll...

The vast majority of dental patients can use some form of sedation during a dental procedure to help reduce fears, calm anxieties or get through a long procedure with less stress. To make sure you’re a good candidate for any form of dental sedation, it’s...

No one wants their child to be afraid of anything, and definitely not necessary medical care like going to the dentist or seeing a doctor. Help your child visit the dentist without fear by making it a normal and not scary part of life. Have...

While neglecting your oral health might not harm you in the way that ignoring heart attack systems can, not seeing the dentist because you’re afraid can have a big impact on your life. Fear is the biggest reason why most people don’t go to the...

Dental sedation isn’t right for every patient or in every dental procedure. Many patients never need help relaxing, regardless of the procedure. If, however, your fear of the dentist interferes with your dental health or your pain creates added anxiety, sedation may be the best...

As a parent, what you want most is to keep your children healthy and safe. Part of that is bringing them in for regular dental check-ups. Just like adults, some kids have extreme dental anxieties and fears. For these patients, dental sedation is sometimes the...

Feeling a little nervous before a dentist appointment is common. Many adults have mild to severe dental anxieties and fears, as do children. Ideally, though, kids should be able to grow up with a healthy understanding of why dental hygiene is important and without debilitating...

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