Advanced Dental Care of Temple Terrace
11157 N 56th Street, Temple Terrace, FL 33617

Dental Anxiety in Parents and Kids

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A recent study conducted by Delta Dental in conjunction with April’s National Anxiety Month showed that parents who are afraid of the dentist might unwittingly pass their dental phobia along to their kids. The study showed that the number of parents who had fear of the dentist closely matched the number of kids with the same dental anxiety. Factors associated with a fear of the dentist include feelings of helplessness, post-traumatic stress disorder, fear of needles, financial concerns, embarrassment about oral conditions, and past abuse. You can avoid instilling fear in your children by addressing your own dental anxiety and focusing on the positive aspects of going to the dentist when discussing it with your kids.

How to Manage Your Fear of the Dentist

  • Avoid caffeine and sugar before your dental visit as these can contribute to nervousness.
  • Utilize in-office distractions like televisions, or bring along your own media devices.
  • Find a dentist who specializes in treating patients with dental anxiety.
  • Explain your fear to your dentist, and request detailed explanations of treatments and procedures.
  • Agree on a hand signal to alert your dentist when you’re feeling dental anxiety during treatment.
  • Use relaxation techniques such as deep breathing or guided imagery.
  • Consider professional counseling for your dental phobia.

Consider Sedation Dentistry

Several methods of sedation dentistry are used to help prevent and relieve dental phobia:

  • Sedation via pills or tablets
  • Nitrous oxide (inhaled) sedation
  • IV (intravenous) sedation
  • General anesthesia

To learn about our family dentistry practice in Temple Terrace, call Advanced Dental Care of Temple Terrace today at (813) 440-3981 or make an appointment.

Advanced Dental Care offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Temple Terrace. With 21 affiliated practices throughout Florida, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Advanced Dental Care of Temple Terrace, 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 Advanced Dental Care of Temple Terrace.

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This was second visit there, I felt a Queen, yes I be going back for to finish work on mouth l am loving that staff today 8/11/2017.
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Everyone is nice and professional. I always get great treatment and I never have to wait.
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Friendliness of the staff, early appointments (7am), was able to be seen quickly for pain.
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Elaine was fantastic and provided gentle and diligent care – she is the best hygienist I have ever had! Annette is the best polisher ever! Me teeth have never felt better!
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Only had to wait a few minutes for my appt. Mosen is a great dental hygienist, very thorough. Friendly staff and clean office.
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The expertise of the providers in my dental care delivery.
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I love love this office. Dr. Herron is awesome as well as all the staff I have encountered during my visits and family visits. Monica, Kim and Alycia have assisted us the most, I would like to say […]
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Dr. Herron is the best. She listens, takes her time and I have had a great experience with her.
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My experiences every time I go here is great — friendly & courteous staff, they explain everything and make you feel that your dental care is their primary concern.
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  • Monday 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Thursday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday 7:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
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