Dental Anxiety and Fear

What is Dental Anxiety?

Do you have a deep fear of dentist and needles, or shame about seeing a dentist because you may be judged? We call this dental anxiety. These feelings can stem from several different causes:

 Bad memories of past experiences

 Fear of pain in the dental chair

 Fear or needles or drills

 Anxiety triggered by the sounds, smells, and bright lights associated with dental visits

 Shame over neglected dental care

 The vulnerability of being a patient: e.g., having another person’s hands in your mouth, being

unable to speak.

 Discomfort, jitters, or feeling on-edge in the dental chair  

Since tooth decay and gum disease can advance rapidly, a patient who avoids or delays dental treatment is susceptible to serious dental problems. Many patients who suffer from dental anxiety wait until a toothache is severe before going to a dentist, and therefore require more complex and expensive dental treatments.

Signs of Dental Anxiety

 Feelings of apprehension about an upcoming appointment

 Feelings of shame over dental problems

 Stubbornness in rejecting dental intervention

 Being “too busy” for the dentist

 Hiding dental pain from your family

 Avoiding thinking about or talking about your dental health


What Can Dr. Paul do for Your Dental Anxiety?

With Dr. Paul Chon, patient comfort is the number one priority. We understand that we can’t be an effective partner in your oral health unless you are comfortable during a dental appointment. If you can bring yourself or your family member through the door, we guarantee Dr. Paul will listen to your concerns without judgement and will never force treatment.

If you have questions or concerns about how we can help you overcome anxiety and fear, please contact our office.


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I had a really bad experience with a dentist a long time ago.... But Dr. Chon changed all that! I only have two words of my experience with Dr. Chon...."THE BOMB".

Jonathon Lopez

Quite simply, Dr. Chon is the BEST! He keeps my teeth healthy and beautiful. I've been a patient for over 10 years and I actually look forward to my office visits. He stays up with the latest dental technology, is caring and fun, and is extremely competent.

I recently had a dental problem and his office staff worked me into the schedule immediately. Not only did Dr. Chon diagnose my problem quickly but took the time to explain exactly what to do to relieve my discomfort. Dr. Chon's wonderful office staff is warm, friendly, and professional. If you're looking for a great dentist, I would highly recommend him.

Anita Miller

I never thought in a million years I would be writing a 5-star review for any dentist, but alas here I am. I had such a (literally) painful experience at my old dentist (out of state) that I would have extreme anxiety at the thought of even going to the dentist.

Dr Chon absolutely blew me away right out of the gate with how patient and caring he was. Both him and his wife were aware of my situation and did everything they could to make sure I was comfortable. For someone (like myself) who is terrified of the dentist, I was told the worst news in the world.... That I needed a root canal. I was literally brought to tears, but Dr. Chon assured me it would be okay and that I wouldn't experience any pain. Seeing in the past I got fairly extreme pain during fillings, I was in disbelief. I will never doubt Dr. Chon again. I went through the whole root canal process with NO PAIN. It would be an understatement saying that Dr. Chon has gone above and beyond for me. From wiping away my tears to letting me use his phone to listen to Pandora, he is definitely the best... I will never go anywhere else. Thank you soo much!!!

Jennifer T.

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