How to Manage Being Scared and Stressed at the Dentist

Nervous About Your Upcoming Appointment at Old Betsy Dental?

If you get anxious about going to the dentist, you’re not alone. Not by a long shot. Some studies show nearly three-fourths of American adults experience anxiety or outright fear when they even think about visiting the dentist. About 1 in 10 Americans experience enough fear to classify it as a phobia. It’s okay. We at Old Betsy Dental know going to the dentist can seem scary!

But avoiding dental care as a result of dental anxiety can result in serious consequences for you and your teeth. Even if you’re nervous about going to the dentist, it’s extremely important to do what’s necessary to keep your mouth clean and healthy.

We want all of our Keene and Joshua patients to be as comfortable as possible when they visit our office, so we do everything we can to give our guests a comfortable, calming environment. But there are a few things you can do on your own to help make your visit a little easier.

Strategies for Anxiety Reduction at the Dentist

  • Open Communication: Talk to us! Discuss your anxieties with your dentist. We can explain procedures, address concerns, and even tailor your appointment to minimize stress. Don’t hesitate – we’re here to help!
  • Plan Ahead: Schedule your appointment for a low-stress day. Clearing your schedule before and after your visit allows you to focus on your oral health and relaxation.
  • Seek Support: Bring a trusted friend or family member for companionship and distraction. Their presence can ease your nerves and provide extra assurance.
  • Breathe Easy: Deep, controlled breaths are powerful stress relievers. When anxiety strikes, take slow, deliberate breaths to calm your mind and relax your body.

Whatever the cause of your anxiety over a visit to our office for your cleaning or other dental procedure, we can manage it together. We want all our patients to be as comfortable as possible, and we want you to look at your visit to the dentist as a good thing. If you have any questions about a dental procedure, or if there is something we can do to ease your worry, contact us. We’ll work as a team to keep your next visit to the dentist stress-free!

Learn More About Old Betsy DentaL

Old Betsy Dental of Keene

104 S Old Betsy Rd
Keene, TX 76059
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Monday - Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday: Closed


(817) 641-2272

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Old Betsy Dental of Joshua

3513 SW Wilshire Blvd
Joshua, TX 76058
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Monday - Wednesday, Friday: 8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, Saturday: 8:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.
Sunday: Closed


(817) 295-4500

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