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Would you rather swim with hungry sharks than come in for your dental checkup? You are not alone. According to the Cleveland Clinic, between 9% and 15% of Americans say they avoid going to the dentist because of anxiety.

Obviously, we are concerned that people would put off attending to their dental health because of fear or anxiety. But because we are aware that it is a serious issue, we are anxious to help. Here are a few things that will help you have a more positive experience at the dentist.

Tell us you are nervous. If you feel uncomfortable during a visit, please let us know. We can adapt treatment, provide step-by-step demonstrations or explanations, or even take a break if you need. We can explore options with sedation as well. There need be no secrecy about procedures, and we want you to feel in control of your own mouth. You are our top priority.

Fit us into your schedule. Some people get nervous if a treatment takes longer than their schedule allows. For that reason, we encourage you to make appointments during a time of the day or week when you have little else going on. We don’t want you to feel trapped in the dentist’s office.

Entertainment. We have a wide variety of in-office entertainment options, including music and movies. These help people relax and focus on something else. You don’t have to have an awkward conversation about your trip to wine country if you don’t want to.

At Hansen Dental Care, we don’t want anxiety to be the reason you put off a checkup. We will do everything we can to make your experience pleasant. Your dental health is an important part of your total wellness.