How to address fear of dentist

Addressing Your Fear of Dentist Appointments

Addressing Your Fear of Dentist Appointments. Needles, drills, loud noises, foul smells, pain, and claustrophobia. We get it. A dental visit isn’t exactly your definition of a good time. Fear of dentist appointments is something that more patients than not have to deal with. The caring staff of Raleigh Dental Arts knows that you have better things you want to do. We work hard to ensure that you’re comfortable and that your anxieties are put to rest while you’re in our Raleigh dentist office.

Don’t Prolong Dental Treatment Due to Fear of Dentist Visits

If you have a toothache, a dental visit is inevitable, and treatment shouldn’t be prolonged.  Doing so will only lead to more severe symptoms and more invasive procedures needing to be done to correct the problem at hand.

If you delay dental treatment you can be at a greater risk for developing:

A Severe Infection: A dental infection is not something to take lightly.  They don’t get better on their own and will need some form of treatment in order to be eradicated. If ignored, a dental infection can spread to your brain, or your throat – closing off your airway.

Unbearable Pain: Your fear of the dentist may be because you’re afraid of feeling pain while you’re there.  Our gentle Raleigh dentist is there to help and prevent you from experiences the unbearable pain that can be brought on by a “bad” tooth. When you’re told you need dental treatment, aim to get it done as soon as possible to avoid discomfort.

Broken Teeth: If ignored, teeth that have been compromised can break off at the gumline.  If this unfortunate situation occurs, repairing the tooth is no longer an option. The tooth would need to be removed and you’ll be left with a gap. Imagine if this was a front tooth!

More Expense Dental Treatment: Sure, you could just get a dental implant to replace the tooth that broke due to avoiding the recommended dental treatment.  But implants cost more money. Your wallet would have been better off if you’d just done the repair when you first found out that you needed it. As the compromised condition of your tooth advances, the needed treatment becomes more expensive.  

More Invasive Treatment Options: More expensive treatment may also mean more invasive. A quick and simple procedure like a filling can evolve into a treatment that can take several hours and multiple visits to complete.

Raleigh Sedation Dentistry to Ease Fear of Dentist Appointment

Raleigh Dental Arts offers different forms of comfortable sedation dentistry to help put your nerves at ease.  When you come in for your consultation, we’ll evaluate your level of comfort and determine which sedation dentistry method is right for you.

Preventing Dental Problems

If you have you a fear of dentist procedures in general, our hygienists can help you avoid having to go into a treatment room at all.  Regular visits for professional cleanings will help keep your teeth healthy so that your risk of developing a tooth problem (such as gum disease or cavities) will be minimized.

Trust the Experts

Dr. Tarun Agarwal is the top trusted dentist in Raleigh, NC.  He is dedicated to providing exceptional dental care with every patient’s comfort in mind. If you need dental care, give Raleigh Dental Arts a call today.  We look forward to meeting you!


Tarun Agarwal

Dr. Tarun Agarwal, DDS is considered one of the top dentists in the country. He is a recognized speaker, author, and dental leader. He has been featured on CBS, NBC, ABC, FOX, and News 14 Carolina. Dr. Agarwal has been awarded '40 under 40' Business Leaders by the Triangle Business Journal. He is regularly invited to teach other dentists around the world and recently built a training center within the practice dedicated to sharing his expertise. Most importantly he is a loving husband and dedicated father of three wonderful children. His biggest accolade was being voted 'Best Dad in the World' by 2 of his 3 kids.