Does the idea of visiting the dentist make your heart pound a little faster? You’re not alone. Research reveals that 5-8% of Americans avoid dentists due to fear, and as many as 20% experience such severe dental anxiety that they’ll only go to the dentist if it’s an absolute necessity.
As you know, regular visits with Dr. Co and the Shoreline Dental team are vital to keeping your teeth and gums healthy and to help protect your whole-body health. It’s our top priority to make your visits as comfortable as possible. We’re sensitive to your fears, concerns, and circumstances!
Here are a few ways our Shoreline dental team puts your fears to rest:
We promise to listen: If you are anxious, always feel free to let us know right away when you book your appointment. We’re sensitive to the needs and concerns of our patients – whether they’re afraid of pain or needles or have had a bad experience in the past. We promise to listen carefully to your concerns – your concerns are our concerns!
Dental sedation may be an option: Dental sedation is a safe and effective solution that has helped many patients overcome their fear of the dental chair. If you’re interested in learning more about sedation, please let us know and we’ll discuss options with you.
You are in control: If at any time during your appointment you feel uncomfortable or are in pain, simply raise your hand and we will stop.
We will not rush you into a decision: If a specific treatment is needed or recommended, Dr. Co will discuss all your options so you can make an educated choice.
No surprises: If you’re anxious about costs of necessary dental treatments, be assured that we will go out of our way to fully educate you about the costs upfront, so there are no surprises later on. Our treatment coordinators, Jennifer or Linda, will explain financing options as well as what may or may not be covered by your dental insurance.
We make it our aim to put you at ease throughout your entire experience with Shoreline Dental. If you’re nervous about visiting the dentist, please call us at 206.440.0065 and tell us your concerns. We’re happy to answer any questions you have and we hope to relieve your anxiety!