The Dental Center of Goshen
4024 Elkhart Road, Suite 15, Goshen, IN 46526

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

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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 Goshen 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 Goshen, call The Dental Center of Goshen today at (574) 538-2011 or make an appointment.

The Dental Center offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Goshen. With 4 affiliated practices throughout Indiana, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At The Dental Center of Goshen, 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 The Dental Center of Goshen.

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I am terrified of the dentist and dread going and the entire staff were gentle and upbeat and kept me at ease. I have no nerves about returning for my next routine cleaning.
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Dr Lauren was the best with my special needs daughter. The team was great. Made all the accommodations she needed to get her teeth taken care of. Thank you so much and we will be back
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The hygienist was very good. I had very little pain after my 6 month cleaning.
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Dr. Mummert is amazing with children. My child went in for their first filling and I was extremely nervous. She talked to my child through the whole process and kept her relaxed.
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