Have you ever felt anxious before walking into a dentist’s appointment? You are not alone. Statistics show that between nine and 20 percent of Americans avoid going to the dentist because of anxiety or fear. Research also indicates that dental anxiety is common in children. Almost 20 percent of school-age children are afraid to go to the dentist. 

We understand that you or your child may feel anxious about going to the dentist. It is a normal reaction. However, at The Landing Dental Spa, we desire to help our patients feel as comfortable as possible! Our practice combines the health and wellbeing benefits of both a dentist’s office and spa into one relaxing place, and we always go the extra mile to ensure that your appointment is enjoyable. 

Keep reading to learn more about dental anxiety and how The Landing Dental Spa can help with any fears or concerns you may have.

What Causes Dental Anxiety? 

There are a variety of reasons that people fear or have anxiety about going to the dentist. Some of the most common reasons include: 

  • Fear of pain
  • Fear of injections or fear that the injections won’t work
  • Fear of anesthetic side effects
  • Feelings of helplessness and loss of control
  • Embarrassment about oral health and loss of personal space 

It should be noted that due to advancements in dentistry, many dental procedures today are pain-free or relatively painless. 

Ways To Ease Dental Anxiety

The key to overcoming dental-related fear and anxiety is being honest and discussing your concerns with your dentist. Once your dentist is made aware of your fears and concerns, he or she will be better able to work with you to determine the best ways to make you feel more relaxed and less anxious throughout your appointment. 

Check out these additional tips to help ease any dental anxiety you may have:

  • Go to the first visit with someone you trust
  • Seek a distraction while in the dentist’s chair (listen to music, watch TV, etc.)
  • Try some relaxation techniques
  • Review with your dentist which sedatives are appropriate or available 

When it comes to easing a child’s anxiety, we believe it is best to prepare your child before their dental appointment with details on what to expect to ensure that they feel comfortable. Also, you should explain the importance of going to the dentist in a fun, playful manner. For example, you can bring their favorite character(s) from a movie or TV show into the story. Depending on your child’s age, emotional tendencies, and prior health history, their behaviors, and reactions during a dental appointment can vary. Parents should give moral support and stay calm while in the dental exam room with their child.

Find Relaxation At The Landing Dental Spa

We are excited to share that The Landing Dental Spa moved to a beautiful, new location a few months ago. Our brand new office is located in the Cheat Lake area at 119 Shannon Drive, Morgantown, West Virginia.

The warm and inviting atmosphere and welcoming and knowledgeable staff from our previous location remain the same at our new office. We designed this space to have a spa-like atmosphere to help our patients feel as calm as possible while being treated. While you are waiting for your appointment, unwind in the waiting room by the fireplace or grab something to drink from our full coffee bar, where we provide a variety of beverages, including coffee, tea and water. We also offer various complimentary amenities, which will help your appointment be a more enjoyable experience. 

These amenities include:

  • WiFi internet service
  • Dental chairs with heat and massage
  • Personal flat-screen TVs
  • Soothing spa music
  • Aromatherapy
  • Warm cloths to freshen up
  • Heated neck-pillows
  • Warm blankets

Most importantly, our dentists and staff are here to help with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your appointment. If you or your child feel anxious, do not be afraid to talk with us about it! Our goal is to give you and your child a healthy smile and make your dental experience as relaxing and comfortable as possible. 

If you would like to make an appointment with us, please give us a call at 304-594-2200 or use our online contact form. We look forward to seeing you soon!



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