Gentle Dental of Blue Bell
790 Penllyn Blue Bell Pike, Suite 103, Blue Bell, PA 19422

Dental Fear – Why You’re Scared and How Your Dentist Can Help


As many as one out of five American adults experiences some level of dental anxiety or fear. If you can’t sleep the night before a dental appointment, or you suffer from extreme nervousness, nausea, dizziness, crying, heart palpitations, or feelings of suffocation before or during your treatment, you’re probably one of them. Severe anxiety symptoms may indicate dental phobia, which is more serious and may require psychiatric intervention or medication. If you refuse to seek help until you are in extreme pain, it’s time to address your fears, and start getting the dental care you need. 

The following are the most common causes of dental fear:

  • Pain, which may be a result of a previous negative dental experience.
  • Afraid of dentist drills or other sharp instruments.
  • Injections or needles.
  • Ineffective anesthetic.
  • Side effects from injections or medications.
  • Feeling helpless or out of control.
  • Embarrassment about oral conditions.
  • Criticism of oral care habits or condition of teeth.
  • Invasion of personal space.

Discussing your fear with your dentist in Blue Bell is the best way to overcome dental anxiety. Dental professionals understand that people avoid seeking treatment when their experiences have been negative. Most dentists are willing to work with their patients to ensure that concerns are addressed and treatments are as comfortable as possible. If your dentist is not interested in discussing your dental anxiety, find one who is. A conscientious dentist is wiling to explain everything that is happening during a procedure so that you are fully informed and prepared for the next step. If you become uncomfortable or need a break, you can use a predetermined signal such as a raised hand to alert your dentist.

With good communication and trust between you and your dentist, your dental anxiety can be greatly reduced, and you won’t experience as much stress before your appointment.

To get the dental care you deserve from an affordable dentist in Blue Bell, call Gentle Dental of Blue Bell today at (267) 439-4912 or make an appointment.

Gentle Dental offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Blue Bell. With 14 affiliated practices in the Greater Philadelphia area, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Gentle Dental of Blue Bell, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Gentle Dental of Blue Bell.

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Yvonne was friendly and thorough
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The staff is very understanding and compassionate. The dentists are so pleasant and really take every care to make sure you are comfortable and work very quickly and efficiently.
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Daniel R.
I was very nervous and Dr. Amrute and the staff were very friendly and made me feel at ease. The procedure was done quickly and without any pain.
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Comprehensive care, polite customer service, caring staff.
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I’ve been going to this practice for years. They’re all nice people. Professional. And they get me in at a monent’s notice when needed.
Jennifer P.
Staff are wonderful
Thomas C.
Such a wonderful place. Always accommodating. Terry is my favorite, she was awesome with my sensitive teeth. You rock!!
Bear M.
Very friendly staff, attentive and thorough. Dentist seemed quite capable and knowledgeable.
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Quality of the care provided is of a high standard, the staff are friendly and the location and hours hours are convenient.
Katie T.
Jackie is wonderful and thorough.
Kim I.
Everyone at the office was kind, courteous, and compassionate. The dentist was thorough and patient with my questions and took the time to explain procedures.
Jaimee M.
I’ve been coming to Gentle Dental for 7 years and love it. The hygienist and dentist are very skilled and very friendly and kind. I couldn’t be more happy and pleased with my dental care. […]
Alyce B.
Service and expertise is fantastic.
John S.
Fern is always so friendly & easy to talk to – even in the middle of a teeth cleaning. The dentist gives great advice & is extremely polite. I’ll pay for the more expensive dental plan […]
Paige K.
Pleasant and efficient staff
Maria F.
Tara was awesome. Thorough but quick. I was in and out of there for a teeth cleaning AND x-rays in 50 minutes. That included time for filling out paperwork. Great job!
Gregg W.
Patient comfort is prioritized, high competence and professionalism.
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  • Monday 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
  • Tuesday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Thursday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Friday Closed
  • Saturday 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Sunday Closed
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