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Let Us Show You How Anxiety-Free Dentistry Can Be

Many people feel anxious about visiting the dentist, so don’t feel bad if the thought of making a dental appointment causes your heart to race. However, the team at Felton Dentistry can help. We work hard to relieve dental anxiety for all our patients. When you rely on us for your smile care, you can expect:

  • compassionate staff who will listen to your needs and fully answer your questions
  • An inviting office environment – featuring a cozy fireplace – that will help you feel right at home
  • Thoughtful amenities like soft pillows, warm blankets, and bottled water for comfort
  • Gentle care and respect at all times, without any judgment or guilt
  • stress-free appointment using patient-friendly tools and technology

Call us today to experience comfortable dentistry: 804-717-2099. Our team is waiting to provide you great care with a gentle touch!

Tips to Ease a Fear of the Dentist

Both kids and adults experience fear of the dentist. As an adult, even though you know visiting the dentist for regular check-ups is important to your health, it can be difficult to get over the anxiety and book your appointment.

For you, it might be the sterile smell, the buzzing and drilling sounds, or someone in your personal space that makes seeing the dentist a negative and anxiety-inducing experience. For some, a painful or unpleasant past experience, a fear of needles,  or lack of control, or even embarrassment can be the reason behind the fear.

Don’t worry, you’re not alone, and there are ways to help manage your uneasiness about going to the dentist. It’s important to note, though, that while dental anxiety and general nervousness about a dental appointment is normal, if you’re terrified of the dentist, you could have a dental phobia. If that’s the case for you, you may need to seek help from a behavioral health provider.

  • Discuss your fears with your dentist, so they can work with you to determine the best way to lessen your anxieties
  • Have your dentist explain in detail what will happen during your procedure
  • Establish a stop signal, so that if you need to rinse your mouth or catch your breath, you can let your dentist know
  • Listen to music or watch a screen to help distract you
  • Discuss medication and sedation options with your dentist

How to Help Your Child Be Comfortable at the Dentist

Children often learn their fear of the dentist from others, especially parents or caregivers. The good news is, that means you play an important role in making visits to the dentist a positive, rather than scary, event for your child.

To help your child’s dental visit go as smoothly as possible, you can:

  • Let our dentists or hygienists help describe procedures to your child. They’ve been trained to do this in a way that is non-threatening and easy for a child to understand.
  • Avoid sharing your negative dental experiences with your child. They can pick up on your anxiety, so try to remain calm for their benefit.
  • Educate your child on the importance of good dental hygiene and taking care of their gums and teeth. Remember, the dentists at Felton Dentistry are here to help you with this.
  • Let us know if your child is scared, so that we can help them cope with these anxieties.
  • Using headphones or screens can be helpful as well.
  • Have your child read a children’s book about going to the dentist. It can help put visiting the dentist in a positive light.

Relax and Get the Gentle Dental Care You Deserve

Some of our patients need a little extra help to calm their anxious nerves. For these patients, we can prescribe an FDA-approved anti-anxiety pill. You’ll simply take this small pill before your appointment as directed.

By the time you’re nestled into one of our comfy dental chairs – featuring back-soothing lumbar support – you’ll feel completely relaxed. The pill will put you at ease, and you may feel groggy, but your dental visit won’t concern you at all.

This relaxation method is especially helpful if you have an extended appointment scheduled or if dental anxiety cripples you to the point of fear.

At Felton Dentistry in Chester, VA Your Needs Come First

Providing you with high-quality dental care in a comfortable atmosphere is our top priority. Whether you visit us for routine cleanings and exams or need relief from a nagging toothache, your care will always be designed to suit your needs.

You’ll find that our preventive care (such as fluoride treatments and tooth sealants) will go a long way toward eliminating the need for specialized treatment down the road. However, if you do need restorative or cosmetic services, we’ll plan your treatment with as few office visits as possible, making your care convenient and stress-free.

When you need help to relieve dental anxiety, turn to our compassionate team. Call us today at 804-717-2099 to schedule your appointment. Experience comfortable dentistry like never before!

What Our Patients are Saying

  • 5 star review  I’m an extremely nervous patient and the staff went out of there way to help me cope. I am satisfied considering the somewhat difficult treatment needed within my requested timeline.... Read More

    thumb SUSAN JUSTICE
    November 10, 2021

    5 star review  Friendly, dependable staff. Kellsie is a wonderful hygienist who is very gentle and thorough. Wonderful experience every time I go! Highly recommend!

    thumb Tommie Clare
    October 17, 2021

    5 star review  Had an incredibly good deep cleaning with Kellsie on 14 Sep - she was painless, pleasant and very instructive of what was causing my issue and how to solve... Read More

    thumb Curt Powell
    September 17, 2021
  • 5 star review  I always had a fear about going to the dentist!! When I learned I need to have a tooth pulled , wisdom tooth at that I was nervous. I’ve never... Read More

    thumb Gods Pop tart
    September 17, 2021

    5 star review  Mrs Mary and Dr Patel did great, Mrs. Mary kept ke laughing and smiling the whole time

    thumb GM GetMoree
    May 17, 2021

    5 star review  Dr Felton and Jillian were very welcoming as a new patient. Dr Felton did a thorough examination and and really took time to talk to me and answer all of... Read More

    thumb TM H
    April 14, 2021
  • 5 star review  Dr. Felton and staff are very nice, knowledgeable, and friendly. They explain everything that is going on clearly so you can understand. They also work with you if you need... Read More

    thumb Amber James
    March 14, 2021

    5 star review  Everybody here was AMAZING!!!!
    Ms. Kellsie and Ms. Jillian were extremely knowledgeable and did an amazing job easing my concerns before Dr. Felton came in. I will be frequenting.

    thumb Awe Press
    April 14, 2021

    5 star review  Clean office and nice staff. I’ve been a patient since the early 2000’s never been disappointed.

    thumb Charnet Johnson
    January 14, 2021
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