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

Dental Phobia – Is It a Learned Behavior?


According to a recent survey commissioned by Delta Dental Plans, parents may be inadvertently teaching their children to be afraid of the dentist. The study was released in conjunction with National Anxiety Month in April. About half of participating parents admitted to having fear of dentist issues, and the same number of children aged 12 and under also experienced dental fear. Because children can easily absorb the negative thoughts and reactions of tense, anxious parents, it’s important for moms and dads to stay calm and focused during dental exams, and present the concept of dental care in a positive light.

Why Kids Have Fear of Dentist Appointments

Dental check-ups are essential for maintaining good oral health, but at least 40 percent of children have some degree of dental phobia that makes their dentist visits scary. Parents who participated in the Delta Dental study claimed that fear of pain was the most common cause of their kids’ anxiety. Not liking the dentist and needing additional dental work were among the lesser fears. To help allay dental fears, parents should start exposing their kids to dental care early, so they can build relationships with their dentists. A baby’s first dental appointment should be made no later than his or her first birthday. Informing the dentist of a child’s anxiety before the visit and playing dentist at home can also help lessen stress.

Dental Phobia in Adults

When parents take charge of their own dental fear, they reduce the chances of spreading it to their kids. Talking to the dentist about dental fear or seeking a dentist who specializes in treating anxious patients can be helpful. Other ways to reduce dental fear include making early morning appointments, taking a friend to dental visits, and listening to music or podcasts during treatment. For severe cases of adult dental phobia, sedation dentistry or cognitive behavioral therapy may be required.

To learn about our family dentistry practice 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.

Read What Our Patients Say
Patient Reviews
Staff are wonderful
Thomas C.
I have had an excellent experience here. Dr Amrut was quick and professional and really helped the most anxious person in the universe get through a tooth extraction. The staff was very sweet and […]
Jessia G.
Facilities are clean and inviting. Staff is pleasant and thorough. Dr. Amrut is a pleasure!
Wendy B.
Very patient oriented
Christopher B.
Donna the hygienist is the best in the business. Your front desk is outstanding
Deborah B.
Friendly staff and dentists. Answered all my questions. Timely.
Ciara M.
Nice, clean office. Everyone was so nice. I always hated the dentist but my hygienist was so nice and personable and didn’t scrape my gums to pieces like others have in the past. The dentist was […]
Anna L.
I recommended Gentle Dental to my friend. She is as happy with the staff and service as I am!!
Diana R.
Pleasant and efficient staff
Maria F.
Quality of the care provided is of a high standard, the staff are friendly and the location and hours hours are convenient.
Katie T.
Doctor and hygienist were thorough and friendly.
John B.
I have had excellent experiences with this office.
Lucille D.
All of the staff were so welcoming and friendly! The dental hygienist, Fern, was great! She was so nice and kept my mind off of being at the dentist which I do not love. The dentist was also […]
Sari F.
Jackie is the best!
Gala G.
Fern was excellent.
David S.
Best cleaning experience I ever had
Joseph C.
Such a wonderful place. Always accommodating. Terry is my favorite, she was awesome with my sensitive teeth. You rock!!
Bear M.
Great experience. Great dental work from a kind, gentle dentist!!!
Judy L.
Dr. Amrut is fast, skilled and painless! I detest going to the dentist, so my review really counts. He helped me in an emergency – my boss recommended him. He’s very, very nice and explains […]
Amy W.
Quick appointment made available to replace a dislocated cap. Excellent service provided by the doctor and assistant at no charge because the cap was last fastened in June. Overall, outstanding […]
Daniel R.
We Accept Most Insurance Plans!
Learn More

We accept most insurance plans and will be happy to help you understand the coverage that you have. We will do our best to see that you receive your maximum insurance benefits for all covered services.

No Insurance? No Worries! See our discounts and offers here

Office Hours
  • 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
Get in touch:
  • Phone: (267) 439-4912
Our Location