Fear of Dental Pain is Real, but Our Patients Have Something to Share With You

Fear of dental pain

Many of us have anxiety about dental visits, and much of it feels justified. The older you are, the more likely you are to experience fear and anxiety because you know what a visit to the dentist was like when you were younger. The good news, however, is that times have changed and dental procedures have changed with them for the better. The fear of dental pain is real, but at Bradford Family Dentistry, we’re committed to making you as comfortable as possible so that both the fear and the pain aren’t a part of your visit.

We Don’t Like Pain Either

A little empathy goes a long way. We feel your anxiety and fear, it’s normal. We want to make the experience good for you. It’s not going to be a day at Canada’s Wonderland, but will certainly do everything we can to listen to your fears, needs and respond appropriately. After all, we’ve been in that chair too. Our staff is trained to be responsive to your concerns and gentle in their approach.

Sedation Dentistry

A great option for those with deep dental anxiety, is sedation dentistry.  It offers a pain-free solution to the fears you may have about your appointment. If you have a sensitive gag reflex or a fear of needles, sensitive teeth or maybe you’ve just had a bad experience in the past, sedation is a good choice. The most commonly used form of sedation is nitrous oxide or laughing gas.

How does Dr. Chai do it…no pain from the needle or the restoration procedure? His team is so accommodating and kind which makes the whole experience easy…

Tim c.

Administered through a facial mask, this mild sedative is perfect for minor dental procedures in which the patient has fears about pain. For more complicated procedures, oral sedation in the form of pills administered through the mouth is available so that you will be asleep and should experience no pain and have no memory of the the procedure when you awake.


Two types of freezing are commonly used in dental procedures. The first is a topical freezing which numbs the surface of your mouth where the injection will be administered. The second is a local anesthetic, which is injected near a nerve in your mouth in order to numb the tooth as well as the surrounding area. The injection may cause you anxiety. It’s important that you tell us about your fear so that we can help.

Anxiety-free dentistry is part of our ethos. We aim to communicate everything that’s involved in your procedure and answer your questions to alleviate anxiety. Don’t let fear hold you back from the important dental care you need.  Dr. Chai is honed his skills for years and is exceptionally good at administering injections with very minimal or no discomfort at all.

Gentle Dental

At Bradford Family Dentistry, we aim to make every dental experience a positive one. Whether you’re having a routine cleaning or a root canal, we have solutions to address your fears and anxiety. There are some proactive steps you can take before you arrive for your appointment that will help manage your fear and anxiety. Acknowledge your fear and understand that it is a normal reaction. Dental phobia is different from anxiety in that people with dental phobia know it’s irrational but are helpless to avoid it and will do anything to get out of seeing a dentist.

Great dentist staff and experience overall, especially for someone who has huge anxiety about visiting! So glad we got the referral and made the choice to go, will be our family dentist going forward!
Thanks Jennifer and the rest of the staff

julie c.

Some anxiety is completely normal, and we all have it. Before your appointment, take a walk, listen to music or watch a funny video to put yourself at ease. Try to avoid a lot of caffeine before your appointment as caffeine makes many of us jumpy and edgy. Understand the procedure you are going to have. Talk to your dentist, the more you know, the fewer surprises you’re going to have. Bring along a friend or family member for support. Choose a dentist you trust to manage your mouth and your anxiety.

The staff at Bradford Family Dentistry are ready to discuss all your concerns. We take the time to educate you about your appointment, no matter how routine the procedure. We take anxiety-free dentistry seriously because we want to keep seeing you! Phone now for your gentle dental experience.

Phone now for your gentle dental experience.

Dr. Jesse Chai - Bradford Family Dentistry Team

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