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It is perfectly natural to experience a little anxiety when it is time to make a trip to the dental office. Most patients feel this way from time to time. Especially, if they are due to undergo some type of dental procedure such as a tooth extraction or root canal therapy.

Patients with dental phobia, on the other hand, suffer an extreme fear of the dentist. This irrational fear can keep you from seeking the dental care needed to keep your oral health at its highest level. Such fear can lead to serious dental problems.

Dental Phobia vs Anxiety

Most people experience anxiety concerning the dentist. In fact, up to 20% of the American population will avoid going to the dentist because of their anxiety. When you consider what a visit to the dentist entails, it is not surprising. On your first visit to a new dentist, you are allowing at least one or two strangers (the dentist and assistant or hygienist) to put their fingers and certain tools in your mouth. It can seem like a very invasive experience, so anxiety is to be expected.

Dental phobia goes beyond anxiety. Dental phobia is a serious condition that renders a person terrified. The patient may be aware that this deep fear is irrational. However, the ability to do anything about the fear is not there.

People with dental phobia avoid going to the dentist at all costs. You can imagine what this can lead to, which is severe problems with teeth and gums. It is not uncommon for such patients to have abscesses and/or periodontal disease before they see a dentist.

Meeting the Patient in Their Distress

At AIDA, one of our main goals is to provide each patient with the information he or she needs in order to feel comfortable and informed about the dental procedures recommended. This is especially true for the patient with dental phobia.

Talking to your dentist about your fears can help alleviate some of your anxiety. We understand the discomfort and irrational fears that patients with dental phobia experience. We take your anxiety seriously and work with you to help you have a pleasant experience despite the fear.

Dental phobia can be treated and overcome. At AIDA, we will do our part to help you handle dental fear so you can receive the oral care you need to look and feel your best. Contact Aesthetic & Implant Dentistry of Atlanta, and make an appointment today.

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What Our Patients Says
Aesthetic & Implant Dentistry of Atlanta

4.8 / 5

Based on 30 reviews

I was recommended this practice from another dentist who told me this is where she would send her own family. I can definitely see why. This is a state of the art practice that is clean, modern, and well lit. The staff did a superb job.

James R.

Everything about my experience was enjoyable. I felt like the practice used all of the most advanced and best technology out there which gave me a wonderful feeling of confidence. They were very professional and straight forward and I have never had a better dentistry experience. I'd highly recommend checking them out if you're looking for a new dentist. They're friendly and efficient and they really do know what they're doing there.

Meghan D.

Dr Zelby has been my dentist now for almost 17 years. Not only is he a really nice person, his dentistry is completely top notch. If you need any restorations, I don't think that there is another place to even consider. You'll be amazed with his work!

Brian S.

Dr. Levine was great, and Dr. Zelby stopped by and answered some questions I had about sheering forces on enamel. They were both very friendly, and the hygenist (whose name I forget, unfortunately) gave one of the most thorough cleanings I've ever had. The office was clean, the devices all seem shiny and well maintained, and overall it was a great experience

Benjamin S.

After going to another dentist, doctor Zelby was able to fix my front two teeth so that the front two teeth were back to the same length and color. I'm so thankful he was able to make them look normal again. Dr. Zelby and his staff are so pleasant to be around as well. I highly recommend this office if you have a major problem with your teeth that need to be fixed. He can get it done and he will make sure you are happy.

Carrie G.

I had been going to the same dentist for many years and switched to Aesthetic and Implant recently. My experience with Dr Levine was incredible. I cannot be happier with the decision I made. The cleaning and other services I received were well above and beyond any other I have ever had. Highly recommend this practice to everyone!

Matthew G.

Couldn't be happier! Absolutely worth the travel time. Dr Zelby is without doubt the best - caring, knowledgeable, reassuring and very professional. Couldn't ask for better dentistry. Staff also very competent and professional. Beautiful, clean environment

Diane W.

Megan is the best dental hygienist I’ve ever had. She does a phenomenal job keeping your teeth clean, is super nice, and makes you feel right at home. The whole staff is very friendly and I couldn’t recommend this place enough!

Vincent C.
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