• August 25, 2015
Young African American Woman Wearing a Light Blue Shirt and is Trying To Manage Dental Anxiety

Being scared of the dentist, or dentophobia, is an incredibly common fear! Whether it’s worries about pain, costs, or outcomes there is a lot to be concerned about when it comes to treating your oral health! At Shorewood Family Dental Care we strive to make your experience a good one, and we’ll do whatever we can to make pleasant dentistry a reality!

Dental fear and anxiety come in many different forms and we have solutions to handle all of them! Today we want to talk about everything we can do to make your visit less stressful. If you’ve been avoiding the dentist because of fear we’re ready to help you return to great care that will help you keep your teeth a lifetime!


There are a lot of reasons people fear the dentist, and we want to help you overcome whichever you find yourself falling victim to! After all, your teeth depend on you being diligent in caring for them! Chances are your fear has a solution at Shorewood Family Dental Care!


Are you worrying about the pain a needle or drill can bring? Not to worry, we have solutions for you in the form of sedation dentistry! Whether you’re undergoing a long procedure or something quick we can help you feel at ease using one of our three sedation levels!

With nitrous oxide we can provide a way to take the edge off your fear and help you relax. Nitrous is quick to act and quick to wear off – you can walk in and out of our office without any lingering effects!

Oral sedation allows us to put you into a deeper state of sedation that will leave you almost asleep! You just take the pill before your appointment and by the time you get in the chair you’ll already be in full relaxation mode!

IV sedation is just like what’s provided in the hospital. Also called “twilight sedation,” IV sedation at our Shorewood dentist office will leave you awake but completely relaxed. You’ll be able to respond to commands but you won’t remember your treatment at all after your appointment is over!


If you have concerns about being shamed for neglecting regular dental treatment you don’t need to worry at all. As dental professionals our mission is always to protect your teeth and preserve your health and we’re simply glad to see patients come back!

We’ll never talk down to you, scold you, or shame you for dental conditions that you have. It’s our mission to make you feel better and scolding never helps! So if you’ve been avoiding dental care for fears of criticism just relax – we’re glad to see you come back!


A lot of people that are scared of the dentist can be traced to the cost of care as well, which we completely understand! It can be hard to find the money to pay for care, and even most dental insurances are expensive for the average person or family.

We offer a variety of financing options to help make your dental care a reality. We’re always willing to help you find the ideal arrangement, so if you’re concerned about financing your care just pick up the phone and give us a call! We want you to get the care you need!

Are You Just Too Busy?

Let’s face it – if you’re here on our website despite being too busy to see the dentist you obviously want or need to make an appointment! Many people looking for dental care fall into the trap of “bankers hours” dentists who are just looking to make a quick buck and take the afternoon off. Not us! We have extended hours every day of the week – we’re even open until 8:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and we’re open on Saturday too!

If you’ve been looking for a dentist who can get your exams, cleanings, and necessary work done on your schedule then you’ve found the right place! We’re glad to see you whenever YOU have time!

If you’re ready to put being scared of the dentist behind you and embrace a future of great oral health then don’t wait any longer – call us today at 815-725-5991! You can also schedule an appointment using our online form. We look forward to seeing you soon!