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Understand Your Dental Anxiety So You Can Conquer It

Dental Anxiety 1 at George A. Hoop, DDS, PA | Fort Myers & Naples, FL Dentist

You know you have to get over your fear of the dentist so you can get the dental treatments you need, but you don’t know how or where to begin. Don’t worry! We’ve got you covered. If you’d like professional, compassionate help with learning how to relieve your dental anxiety, call George A. Hoop, DDS today at 239-734-7737.

With the help of our friendly team of dental professionals, Dr. George Hoop can provide a wide array of dentistry services at either our Naples, FL dentist office or our Fort Myers, FL dentist office. Regardless of which of our two offices you visit, you can look forward to a truly patient-centered experience.

Dr. Hoop has been practicing dentistry for over three decades and has helped countless patients improve their oral health and the beauty of their smiles. He has been operating his own dental practice for over 25 years and has seen such success that he opened a second office in Naples, FL in 2000.

The quality dental care Dr. Hoop provides is only one part of the puzzle when it comes to attracting patients. He and his team also do everything they can to help patients who deal with dental anxiety. With our help, you could experience your first stress-free dental appointment!

We are proud of the patient-centered approach we provide and will do all we can to make you feel comfortable. And if you’d like a little extra help, we also offer dental sedation options to improve your comfort and help put you at ease. Whether you are seeing us for a simple tooth filling or a full-mouth reconstruction, we can administer:

  • Nitrous oxide dental sedation, more commonly known as “laughing gas”
  • Oral conscious sedation, which we’ll provide in pill form

Let Us Help You Determine The Cause(s) Of Your Dental Anxiety

When you’ve been working in dentistry as long as Dr. Hoop has, you’ve heard just about every explanation there is for dental anxiety. This shouldn’t be that surprising considering that roughly 20 percent of all Americans experience some form of dental anxiety. At this point, we can pretty much guarantee that we have seen patients that are more afraid of the dentist than you.

At the same time, we understand that your particular case is wholly unique to you and we will cater to you accordingly. Everyone on our team will listen intently to your particular concerns and make you feel heard. We won’t tell you to “just get over it” like some dentists might.

One of the most common sources of dental anxiety is a negative experience at the dentist. This could have occurred when you were very young or even recently. And the bad association may be due to pain you experienced during a dental procedure or it could result from getting the impression that a particular dentist didn’t listen or care about your concerns.

But at George A. Hoop, DDS, you can rest assured we will do all we can to keep you comfortable and provide a very pleasant overall experience.

We also frequently hear that patients fear a lack of control when they visit the dentist. This is obviously understandable, considering the amount of trust you have to place in a team while you lay back in the dentist chair.

Whether you visit our Fort Myers, FL or Naples, FL location, we want you to feel comfortable communicating openly with us. If you are uncomfortable, nervous, or just want to ask us a question, just let us know. For instance, you could raise your arm so we’ll know to stop what we’re doing.

Another source of dental anxiety is a vicious cycle of sorts: patients feel self-conscious about the state of their smile, then they’re worried a dentist will only make them feel worse about it, so they don’t see a dentist, and their smile gets worse.

No matter your current situation, Dr. Hoop and our friendly team will never make you feel bad about your smile. Our job is to help you improve your smile, not judge you for the problems you’re dealing with.

Stop avoiding the dentist when you need dental care. Let us help you figure out the source of your dental anxiety and improve your comfort level at the dentist at George A. Hoop, DDS! Call 239-734-7737, use our handy online form, or swing by either our Fort Myers, FL dentist office or our Naples, FL dentist office in person. We can’t wait to meet you and provide the care you need!

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