Gentle Dental of Center City
201 South 13th Street, 1st Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Dealing with Dental Fear – Communication is Key


If the thought of going to the dentist fills you with dread, you may be among the 20 percent of Americans who suffer from dental anxiety or its more serious form, dental phobia. Some people experience mild anxiety and nervousness before and during dental appointments, but others may face sleepless nights, stomach problems, crying spells, panic attacks, headaches, palpitations, feelings of suffocation, and more. Severe dental phobia sometimes requires medical or psychiatric intervention, but sufferers of mild dental anxiety can often manage their symptoms with a little help from their dental team. 

The following are some of the most common causes of dental fear:

  • Being afraid of dentist tools, such as drills or other sharp instruments.
  • Fear of pain, which may be a result of a negative dental experience.
  • Concern that anesthetic will be ineffective.
  • Fear of injections or needles.
  • Worry about side effects from medications or injections.
  • Feeling out of control or helpless.
  • Being embarrassment about condition of teeth.
  • Fear of criticism about dental care habits.
  • Invasion of personal space.

Discussing your fear with your dentist in Center City Philadelphia is the best way to overcome dental anxiety. Dentists understand that many people avoid seeking treatment if their dental experiences in the past have been negative, and most are willing to work with their patients to ensure that dental fear is 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 willing 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 Center City Philadelphia, call Gentle Dental of Center City today at (215) 941-5634 or make an appointment.

Gentle Dental offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Center City Philadelphia. 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 Center City, 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 Center City.

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Patient Reviews
Hygienist was great
Sharnell H.
I am one who is very nervous when it comes to having any type of dental work. The staff was very nice and patient with me. They explained every aspect of the work that needed to be done. I will […]
Sherry B.
The staff is very kind & pleasant all the time during my visits even in distress, they handled my situation & made me very comfortable & that’s every visit.
Tyrone B.
I love them! They are truly a painfree dental experience! I am so happy to have found them when I had an emergency. I will stay with Gentle Dental for on.
Jean M.
Very good customer service
Nastashia G.
Long time problem with a crown resolved!
Kimberly U.
This place is awesome! Super friendly staff and they make you feel at home. Also they will have you in and out in a heart beat. Highly recommended !!
Ricardo S.
I always have good experience when I go to GD center city. The front desk staff know me and always are kind. Denise , the DA is great and the Dr. always explains things well. I had a problem with a […]
Kara M.
Nice Staff and Doctor is quick and cares about the patient needs.
Phyllis C.
Helena is an excellent hygienist: very thorough, intelligent, and patient with my questions.
Michael D.
Very welcoming
Stephen L.
The dentist was, very friendly and explained to me everything that he was going to do. The staff was, also friendly. It was, a very comfortable experience.
Gloria H.
Very friendly and took good care of me
Christina A.
The staff was extremely accommodating and friendly!
Samantha K.
Friendly, comfortable, provide explainations. Consistent service throughout years.
Julia G.
They are so great at what they do I highly recommend them!!!!!
Kiera M.
The Hygienst was wonderful and did a great job cleaning my son’s teeth. The receptionists were great too. Thank you!
Sunlight L.
Doctor’s kind information
Daria S.
I have had years of good experience. The hygienist gives you the most thorough cleaning ever!
John T.
Always a pleasant experience! Great work and friendly staff.
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Office Hours
  • Monday 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Tuesday 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Wednesday 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Thursday 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Friday 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Saturday 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Sunday Closed
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