Drs. Grant and Conger
602 Main Street, Dalton, GA 30720

Unlearn Your Own Dental Phobia to Help Your Kids

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If your heart races and your palms get sweaty whenever you think about having a cavity filled, you suffer from a common problem known as dental anxiety. The fear of a whining dental drill and the idea of sitting helplessly in a big chair while being poked and prodded prevents many people from addressing dental problems in a timely manner. If you’re a Baby Boomer, you may have had more cavities and more frequent dental visits than your kids, and you didn’t have the benefit of today’s advanced technologies and anesthetic options.

Dental Anxiety Is a Learned Behavior

A new study from Delta Dental Plans, which was released in April for National Anxiety Month, shows that parents who are afraid of the dentist can unintentionally transfer their dental phobia to their kids. Results demonstrated that the number of parents who reported dental fear matched the number of kids who had the same problem. It’s important to remain calm during dental visits, and present dental care in a positive light when discussing it with your children. If you conquer your own fear of the dentist, your kids won’t become terrified and avoid getting proper dental care later in life. Here are a few ways you can unlearn your fear and overcome your dental phobia.

Tips for Battling Your Fear of the Dentist

  • Talk to your dentist about your dental anxiety, so he or she can take extra care to make you comfortable. Don’t be embarrassed. Having a fear of the dentist is very common.
  • If your dentist isn’t sympathetic to your concerns, find one who specializes in treating patients with dental anxiety. Ask your family and friends for recommendations.
  • Schedule appointments when you don’t feel rushed. If you tend to feel nervous all day before a scheduled visit, opt for early morning appointments.
  • Bring along a distraction. A portable audio player or a smartphone can keep you distracted during treatment. Using headphones can help alleviate fear associated with dental drill noises.
  • If your anxiety is severe, ask your dentist about pain control and sedation dentistry.

To learn about our family dentistry practice in Dalton, call Drs. Grant and Conger today at (706) 847-4165 or make an appointment.

Drs. Grant and Conger offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Dalton. Our office is conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Drs. Grant and Conger, 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 Drs. Grant and Conger.

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Dr. Grant/Conger has served my family for over 20 years.
Kimberly O.
I love Dr. Grant and his amazing staff. Of all the doctors I’ve ever been to I prefer my dentist. I can not thank them enough for my smile :)
David M.
From the receptionist, to cashier, to hygienist, and to the dentist, I always feel very welcomed in this office.
Daisy V.
Got an appointment to see the dentist the next day which is great and everyone treated me well.
Ricardo B.
From the receptionist in the front who received me to the lady who checked my account and insurance before I left. Everyone was very friendly and professional.
Matthew O.
Everyone in the office takes great care of me and listens to my concerns regarding dental treatment. They take the time to asses how I am feeling and if I am okay during each procedure.
Tabitha K.
From arrival until departure, all staff treat you like you are part of their family. They show sincere concern for your needs and proper treatment.
Judith D.
Helped with the prices! Good cleaning and good filling! Appreciated the willingness to help and hospitality of the group here!
Nick P.
I have been a patient at Dr. Grant’s since 1976 and have always had great work on my teeth there and Dr. Grant and staff are wonderful and friendly always to me and my family who also are […]
Peggy C.
Very professional service. A job well done!
Randall J.
All of the staff is very friendly. I love Dr. Grant he is the best. Offering Dentrite is also a big reasonI, When I retired, I lost dental insurance when I left my job. My hygienist mentioned […]
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The staff is always so caring and concerned about how I’m doing during any of my dental work. Everyone there goes above and beyond to create a wonderful atmosphere! I wouldn’t want to go […]
Lauren F.
Life long client and could not imagine ever going anywhere else. Friendly, caring staff with excellent customer care.
Eria V.
I have been going to Dr. Grant for years with my family and always received warm hospitality. The people here do exceptionally well work. The staff is very kind and willing to help you any way they […]
Coty B.
Office staff, assistants, and Dr. Rausch are all courteous and take time out of their day to check on patients.
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Friendliness. Personal care and attention.
Cynthia W.
Everyone is kind and respectful! I also love that they are time efficient.
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Very helpful and friendly staff
Allison C.
Dr. Grant and Dr. Roush are wonderful. Had to have a root canal and crown and they did a great job. I was terrified of root canal and Dr. Roush was fabulous.
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Great folks at this practice! They are very caring and attentive. I’ve gone there for almost 40 years!
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