Your Polk City Dentist Explains Dental Phobia

At Cornerstone Dental in Polk City, Iowa, your family always comes first.  One of the best things about providing dental care is the satisfaction that comes with seeing you and your family leave our office with the bright gleam of a healthy smile.

Dr. Hussong prides himself on making his patients feel calm and comfortable from the instant they enter our office until the moment they leave. However, for some, a trip to the dentist office makes them anxious and wary. These patients suffer from a dental phobia, which often prevents them from seeking the preventive care needed to avoid painful and costly oral disease.


What is Dental Phobia?

Simply put, a phobia is the fear of an object or situation that causes you to feel uncomfortable, to the extent that you find yourself avoiding anything associated with that fear.  For example, someone afraid of water will completely avoid any water-related activities. For those that suffer from a dental phobia, they will delay or even cancel dental appointments.

How to Cope with the Fear

We recommend creating a list of what makes you anxious about going to the dentist. The next time you schedule an appointment for a dental exam or basic cleaning, bring in your list of fears and we will gladly go over it to help ensure that your visit with Cornerstone Dental is a pleasant, worry-free experience. If even walking through the door of the dentist is too much, alert the front desk when making your appointment and we can work with you on overcoming that fear.


Cornerstone Dental Can Help

At Cornerstone Dental, we pride ourselves on providing our patients with the finest in amenities to help ensure an experience that is relaxing and anxiety-free.

If you are suffering from a dental phobia, you will be in excellent hands with Dr. Hussong and his friendly, welcoming staff. During your visit to Cornerstone Dental, you can enjoy your favorite shows on DirecTV before, during, and after your appointment. You’ll also be treated to a paraffin hand dip and a warm, scented neck wrap.

For more information on dental phobias, or to schedule your next checkup and cleaning, call our Polk City office at 515-984-6001, or send us an email at [email protected]. Dr. Hussong serves families in Polk City, Alleman, Ankeny, Bondurant, Grimes, and Johnston.