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How Do You Cope With A Fear Of The Dentist?

September 25, 2014

454389001It is natural to fear the unknown. Children can be especially fearful of the dentist because they don’t know what to expect during a dental visit. Adults can have a fear of the dentist as well because of past negative experiences. You can alleviate the fears of children by educating them on the importance of taking care of their teeth.  You can alleviate your own fears by learning how Dr. Salivonchik uses the latest technology and Sedation Dentistry to make a visit to his office stress and pain free.

Addressing Common Fears of the Dentist

It’s important to distill fears of the dentists early in a child’s life. If you don’t, a childhood fear of the dentist could become a lifelong fear. This results in many people avoiding the dentist as adults, causing the condition of their teeth to further deteriorate and creating a vicious cycle. You can prevent this cycle by taking your child to see the dentist early and often.  Common coping methods include:

  • Distraction- Counting or playing games to get you to think about something else.
  • Distancing – Engaging in positive thought exercises like meditation.
  • Self-Efficacy – Reinforcing your sense of personal strength
  • Optimism – Thinking positive thoughts about how much better you will feel after treatment.

If these techniques don’t work to alleviate your anxiety or fear of dental visits, you can rest assured that the Dr. Salivonchik’s Sedation Dentistry practice will help you through the dental treatments you need.

A Fear Free Dentist Visit for Coplay and Allentown, PA Residents

Dr. Salivonchik embraces technology and incorporates Sedation Dentistry techniques to alleviate the pain and anxiety that some patients may experience. He also uses the latest in laser diagnostics to find tooth decay problems in its early stages, often preventing the pain associated with decaying teeth. IV Sedation is available for patients with severe anxiety or pain sensitivity. Dr.  Salivonchik stands out among Coply and Allentown, PA dentists through his dedication to patient relaxation and care. Contact Dr. Salivonchik’s office today to set up your next dentist appointment.

Take a look at how Dr. Salivonchik recently helped a local family from Coplay, PA get over their fears of the dentist. http://www.wfmz.com/news/Sunrise/life-lessons-help-kids-with-a-fear-of-the-dentist/27851332

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