Lucio H. Kim DDS

Haven’t Been to the Dentist in 10 Years? Here’s What to Do

October 18, 2021
Posted By: Lucio H. Kim, DDS

Dr. Lucio H. Kim, your Glendale dentist, understands dental anxiety and takes special measures so you can feel good about visiting the dentist again.

Being fearful of the dentist or feeling embarrassed because you’ve not sought treatment in years isn’t necessary with us—even if you have broken down or missing teeth. We will always work to make you feel comfortable and, because we keenly understand anxiety, we never hold judgment.

What to Expect

With us, you can count on a gentle and understanding dental team eager to welcome you back to dental care, ease any pain, and restore your oral health.

We will assess any dental health conditions and talk to you about potential treatments, and your dentist will take his time reassuring you and answering your questions along the way.

Once we have taken care of all oral health issues, we’ll put you on a schedule for regular checkups and teeth cleanings. We can also help with brushing and flossing tips to keep your restored smile healthy between your twice-yearly dental checkups.

What Causes Dental Anxiety?

Dental anxiety in Glendale, CA may have several culprits. Let’s examine a few.

Dental Anxiety Due to a Bad Experience

Sometimes a bad experience in childhood or early in life can lead to anxiety in adulthood. This is unfortunate, and we always sympathize. However, our goal is to show you that dentistry does not have to be scary; it can be stress-free and even relaxing.

Dental Anxiety Rooted in General Anxiety

Anxiety disorders can manifest in several ways and even include anxious feelings about medical and dental care.

Too often, anxiety prevents people from getting the treatments they need. We want to restore your confidence in dental treatment even as we restore your smile health.

Dental Anxiety Due to Smile Appearance

If you have not been to the dentist in a while, you may have noticeable tooth stains, festering cavities, and even bleeding gums. In some cases, feeling embarrassed keeps people away from the dentist.

We don’t want these issues to influence your decision to seek treatment. Because our dentist specializes in dental phobia and fears, we have seen all types of problems, and our only focus is to help and restore!

Dental Anxiety Due to the Unknown

In some cases, fear of the treatment steps can leave you feeling anxious. Our dentist can talk you through your anxiety and let you know what will happen next during your procedure.

And if you’re feeling anxious or have a question during treatment, you can raise your hand, and your dentist or a member of our team can help you through.

A Compassionate Glendale Dentist Specializing in Dental Anxiety

Dr. Kim is a compassionate dentist who works with you to make your treatment as relaxing as possible. He doesn’t mind taking special measures to ease your worry. In fact, he wants you to talk to him if you’re feeling unsure.

And even though we are the gentlest dental team around, we offer sedation dentistry if you need a little extra reassurance.

Sedation Dentistry in Glendale, CA

In addition to specializing in dental anxiety, Dr. Kim also concentrates on eliminating pain through dental sedation.

Your options include oral or IV sedation. Oral sedation is a pill taken by mouth, and IV sedation is delivered intravenously.  

Your sedation dentist can adjust your dose to your specific level of anxiety. And, depending on your level of sedation, you may not remember treatment at all.

Sedation dentistry is ideal for patients with anxiety, but it is also helpful if you’re having multiple procedures done during a single visit. Multiple treatments may be in order if you have not been to the dentist in a while.

With pain- and anxiety-free dentistry in Glendale, CA, you can expect a healthy, happy smile in no time!

Restore Your Dental Health with Anxiety-Free Dentistry in Glendale, CA

Broken down teeth, missing teeth, dental infections, cavities, and gum disease can leave you in pain and even threaten your overall wellness. If you find yourself compensating with over-the-counter pain relievers, hiding your smile when you laugh, or if you just haven’t been to the dentist in a while, we want to help.

Contact our compassionate dental team today to schedule an appointment with our gentle dentist. 

We are a destination dentist for patients with anxiety and are proud to welcome people from all locales, including our neighbors in Burbank and Pasadena.

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