Don’t let fear of the dentist keep you from getting the care you need.
We understand you might feel anxious about visiting us for an appointment. It’s completely normal to experience at least some dental anxiety. In fact, nearly 20% of adults are so nervous about seeing a dentist that they avoid going at all.
Here’s the thing: ignoring your dental health won’t make your life any easier. In many cases, it can actually make things much more difficult.
As a compassionate and experienced dentist, Dr. Waring offers a safe and comfortable space to overcome your dental anxiety here in Reno. We take pride in working with nervous patients and helping them actually look forward to their appointments!
What is dental anxiety?
Dental anxiety is when someone experiences fear, nervousness, or stress in a dental setting.
When visiting the dentist, people with dental anxiety might experience symptoms like:
- Racing heartbeat
- Low blood pressure
- Crying or signs of panic
Others may suffer from dental phobia, and avoid going to the dentist at all.
What causes dental anxiety?
Pain or injections
The unknown, not knowing what to expect
Bad experience at the dentist in the past
Dental phobia can affect your health
If you’re nervous about visiting the dentist, we understand. We’re in this together and want to help you get the care you need. Regular dental check-ups, cleanings, and screenings are so important. These can prevent dental disease and help us diagnose any problems early, resulting in simpler and less-invasive treatments. We don’t want fear to keep you from properly caring for your health!
Dr. Waring will help you feel comfortable at the dentist
Our team believes a good experience at the dentist starts with a personalized approach to care.
We take your fears or concerns into consideration and cater every appointment to your needs. Patients consistently say Dr. Waring is the most gentle dentist they have ever met!
We also offer free meet-and-greet visits. These short appointments are meant to help you get comfortable with our team and office before your first visit. It’s a great opportunity to ask lots of questions and get a feel for our approach.
Schedule Meet & Greet
We want you to feel comfortable — both in your decision to choose Dr. Waring as your dentist and with the entire dental appointment experience. Our office welcomes prospective patients to visit us for a short consultation, free of charge.
Call (775) 329-8886 to schedule your visit.
How to calm your nerves before going to the dentist
1. Ask lots of questions
A good dentist will outline everything ahead of time, fully explaining a procedure — from what’s involved and what sensations you can expect, to recovery timeline and cost. There should never be any surprises. But if you have a question, ask! Your dentist should allow as much time as you need to feel confident and comfortable in your decision to get treatment.
2. Learn more about modern dental technology
Some people are afraid of pain during dental procedures. However, thanks to modern tools and techniques, dental care today is surprisingly comfortable! Dental technology has come a long way in the past 10-15 years and most procedures are much more comfortable and less invasive than ever before.
3. Bring a buddy, listen to music, relax with a blanket and pillow
Not everyone’s fears can be resolved in the same way. Ask for what you need to feel comfortable. That might be bringing a support person to your appointment, listening to your favorite relaxing music, or laying back with a blanket or pillow. Here at Damonte Ranch Dental Care, we’re happy to personalize your appointment to meet your needs and ease any fear.