Don’t be afraid of the dentist!

Are you afraid of the dentist? If you are, you are not alone.

Here are some helpful tips for getting over your fear of the dentist:

1. Your Fears are Normal. Fear of dentists is very common. Let’s face it — going to the dentist is not fun; dentists do poke and prod a sensitive area of your body. Often an upsetting childhood dental experience has lasting effects into adulthood. Sometimes people “inherit” fears from parents, whose experiences with dentists may have been traumatic. But dentists are better trained today and have tools and techniques to minimize discomfort.

2.Find a Good Dentist for You. Dr. Steven Poulos specializes in patients with dental fear. He understands that you are anxious and will work with you will increase your comfort. My Scottsdale Dentist welcomes fearful dental patients and offer a variety of solutions that may include sedation, hypnosis, and lots of reassurance. Schedule an office visit to meet Dr. Poulos before you have any dental work done.  This will give you an opportunity to check out our office.

3.Sedation is an Option. Dr. Poulos of My Scottsdale Dentist in Scottsdale,can provide a number of sedation options. They range from giving you a pill that you take an hour before coming to the office to calm you, to general anesthesia. Nitrous oxide (“laughing gas”) is one option that can relax you.

4.Step by Step You don’t have to do it all at once. Schedule an examination so you can meet the Dr. Poulos. Then come back for a cleaning. A couple of successful, low stress experiences, will help you cope.