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Dental Phobia & What to Expect at your Visit to the Dentist!

Published on Thursday, May 9, 2024

Dental Phobia & What to Expect at your Visit to the Dentist!

Are you feeling a bit nervous about your upcoming dental visit? Have no fear, UPD Dental Associates is here, and we've got your back (and your smile)! We understand that visiting the dentist can sometimes feel a bit scary especially if it may be your first time. You're not alone! Lots of kids feel the same way and even adults too, and that's totally okay.

Are you feeling nervous about your upcoming dental visit? Do not fear; UPD Dental Associates is here, and we've got your back (and smile)! We understand that visiting the dentist can sometimes feel scary, especially if it may be your first time.  You're not alone! Lots of kids feel the same way, and even adults feel the same way, and that's okay. 

Let's talk about dental phobia. Dental phobia is when someone feels scared about going to the dentist. Think of it as going on a roller coaster ride, and as you slowly approach the drop, your stomach flips. Just think about it! Rest assured, however – just like you conquer those thrilling roller coasters with a big, brave heart, you can conquer dental fears, too!

At UPD Dental Associates, our top priority is ensuring your dental visit is a breeze. We've designed all 8 of our UPD locations to be warm and welcoming, with friendly staff, comfortable waiting areas, and engaging entertainment like video games and TV screens (parents, we've got you covered).  Our dedicated dental team is here to support you every step of the way.  

As you step into our clinic, our receptionists will warmly welcome you and guide you through the check-in process. Our waiting rooms are designed to be comfortable and inviting, with a variety of entertainment options like books, movies, and video games.  You'll also get a chance to meet our amazing dental team.   

Once your hygienist calls you in, you'll be seated in a big, comfy chair. A bright light will be shown down on your smile to make it easier for us to look in.  You can even bring your favorite stuffed animal or toy with you! Whatever makes you feel comfortable can make it easier for us as well.    

There is no need to be frightened by our dentists or hygienists.  They are sort of like superheroes, but for your mouth, fighting plaque, bacteria, and gum disease.  Like superheroes, they have their own set of super dental tools, cleaning out all the bad guys one tooth at a time.  The difference, however, is that our tools won't hurt you. Our staff is super gentle and friendly – and you'll be out the door in no time at all.  Remember, you got this! We're rooting for you.  

We can't wait to see your pearly whites at your upcoming appointment! 

Written by Michael Ferris

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