Reasons You May Be Anxious About the Dentist

Female Patient Asleep in Dentist Chair Atlanta GAIt is not uncommon for patients to dread an upcoming dental visit, but many also feel notable anxiety or fear about seeing the dentist. Unfortunately, professional dental care is non-negotiable if you want to retain a healthy and lasting smile. That’s why it is important to recognize the source of your anxiety and let a dentist create a comfortable and relaxed experience for you. Modern dentistry offers a number of techniques to help patients feel at ease while in the dental chair, including sedation dentistry, less invasive treatments, advanced technology and comfort amenities that make you feel like you are at home instead of a sterile, uptight dental office.

Dental anxiety affects many patients, both young and old. This type of anxiety can range in severity from sweaty palms in the waiting room to a racing heart and paralyzing fear of sitting in the dental chair. In many cases, it can be helpful to determine the culprit to your dental anxiety. Here are several common reasons why going to the dentist stirs up anxiety and fear:

  • Fear of needles or pain
  • Fear of not feeling in control
  • Negative experience at the dentist as a child
  • Fear of losing personal space
  • Severe gag reflex
  • Embarrassed by health or condition of teeth
  • Aversion to sights, sounds and smells of dental office (dental drill, latex, etc)

Find a Dentist Who Understands

If you suffer from dental anxiety and it is keeping you from getting the care your teeth need and deserve, seek a dentist who specializes in comfort dentistry. At the office of Dr. Wayne Suway, we make it a priority to ease patient fears. We want them to discover that going to the dentist doesn’t have to be uncomfortable or stressful. In fact, many of our patients enjoy their visit with us. Beyond sedation dentistry to help you relax, we also have a compassionate dental team to help you feel confident and calm about your treatments, which includes addressing any concerns you may have and keeping you informed at every step. We proudly serve patients in a relaxed environment with patient rooms that have been designed with your comfort in mind. Our office has a beautiful lakeside view, which often adds tranquility to your experience. Call Dr. Wayne Suway to schedule your appointment. We welcome fearful or anxiety-ridden patients of all ages!

Posted on behalf of Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD – Atlanta Dentist
1820 The Exchange SE, Suite 600
Atlanta, GA 30339
Phone: (770) 953-1752


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Missy Stone

I have known Dr. Suway for 30 years. My parents found him originally and made me a believer and life long friend and patient. In the years since, I have recommended my husband, son and friends. I would hear that going to the dentist was a fear of many people. I could never understand that because it was always a pleasure to come to Dr. Suway’s office. His staff are so professional, gentle and kind. It’s nice to see the same faces twice a year. You can tell they love working with him. I tell people that Dr. Suway gives the best shots – you can’t even feel a pinch. My son who hates needles, has no problem getting a shot for a filling. I love Dr. Suway’s personality. When you walk in the office you might hear him singing a country western song. I have porcelain veneers on my front teeth and am so thrilled. It’s been 10 years and they are still white and beautiful. He is an artist and perfectionist who loves to make people happy. I recommend Dr. Suway to become your dentist. He is a man of character and professionalism, yet down to earth. If you choose Dr. Suway, you’ll get an excellent dentist, but also a friend for life.

Dennis & Maria Liber

Dr. Suway is very relaxed and as a result we find that we are very relaxed as well. He takes the time to listen when we have concerns and he answers questions fully. We never feel like he is rushing from us to another patient. When we do need fillings, crowns or any other extensive work, he is concerned that we are comfortable and feeling no pain.

Nealean K. Austin

Through the years, we have found Dr. Suway to be a skillful perfectionist in all areas of his profession. He keeps abreast of and utilizes the latest dental techniques to improve and ensure the longevity of his patient’s teeth. He is a caring, personable professional who always greets his patients with a sincere, ready smile. Dr. Suway is also a ‘confidence booster.’ I say this because by the time I was 30 years old I was wearing dentures. He immediately recognized a self-conscious young wife, mother and professional who needed his professional help. His approach to boosting my confidence was through dental implants. At that time dental implants were a relatively new procedure. Dr. Suway carefully explained to me the advantages of dental implants and was proactive in working with my insurance provider to ensure that they understood the correlation between the required dental procedures and health plan benefits. I can smile with confidence forever because of Dr. Suway. Dr. Suway’s staff is a mirror image of his positive professionalism. They are always courteous, knowledgeable, efficient and personable. Appointments are scheduled at your convenience. You know that your time is valued because at the precise time of your appointment you are greeted, then immediately seen by either Dr. Suway or a hygienist. His work is outstanding and he is one of a kind.

Allison Lewis

My husband and I have been patients of Dr. Suway since 1988. Dr. Suway and his staff have provided us with state-of-the-art oral health care in a pleasant, friendly and compassionate environment for many years. Dr. Suway has done many procedures for me including root canals, crowns and a bridge. His work is beautiful. He is truly a perfectionist and that is exactly what I want in a dentist. I would never trust my smile to anyone other then Dr. Suway.