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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Timely and friendly. Elaine did a good job on cleaning my teeth.
Judith T.
The care I received was of the highest quality. I was getting braces put on and Lisa and Dr. Perret were wonderful.
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Up front about fees and costs. Great staff.
John O.
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!
Robert B.
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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Every single person at the office is fantastic and nice!!!
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I have been a loyal patient of Advanced Dental Care since 2004. Their entire staff is very professional and friendly.
Karl U.
I’ve been with the practice for years. I like Dr. Herron’s manner, and I like Elaine’s service when she cleans my teeth.
Russell P.
Hygienist(Elaine) does an excellent job cleaning my teeth. She is also very friendly.
Shirley M.
On time, friendly staff.
Ana C.
Everyone is nice and professional. I always get great treatment and I never have to wait.
Janet M.
Great service. My hygienist was Mose who was very nice and professional. He did a great job with my teeth. I was very comfortable and he and his assistant got me out of there quickly. Good job.
Patricia P.
Everyone in the office is friendly and knowledgeable. I was very nervous about going to the dentist but Dr. Herron was kind enough to talk me down! I have been back for multiple visits and always […]
Sam T.
I have always had good, conscientious care from this office.
Sheila M.
The dental hygienists I am assigned each visit are great. They make you laugh and relax.
Tamara H.
Mosen does a great job cleaning my teeth.
Darryl G.
The best service anyone can expect, I called to say I was running few minutes late. The front office rep was understanding & acknowledged my request. I showed up & was treated […]
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All personal are very professional, thoughtful, and kind. I have been going to Elaine for years, on a scale of 1-10, 10 being the best, Elaine is a 12!!
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  • Tuesday 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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  • Thursday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday 7:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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