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When dental anxiety gets in your way

If dental anxiety is getting between you and the smile you want, please know that reputable dental professionals will do everything we can to help you.

If you have issues with your bite, sometimes braces are the only way to fix it. And you want to fix your bite to save your teeth, as neglecting the problem can lead to teeth and bone loss. Or perhaps you simply want to improve the look of your smile, but dental anxiety has stopped you.

Dental anxiety often stems from fear of pain. Getting braces may cause discomfort, but the process is one that patients describe as feeling a little strange, but not painful. If traditional braces are necessary, we offer custom-made Lightforce brackets that decrease your overall treatment time. And if you go with removable aligners, you can ease your way into the sensation.

Also good news: the technology we have today keeps getting better. For patients who dread having to sit for dental molds — a trigger for anyone with a strong gag reflex — in most cases we can us 3D camera imaging to get dental impressions.

We can walk you through exactly what will happen and when; just knowing what to expect does wonders for many people. Sometimes, your comfort might mean bringing a support person, your favorite stuffed animal from when you were a kid, or listening to your favorite podcast. No judgment from us; as long as it’s safe, we’re here to support you.


This smile is brought to you by:

Wade L. Haslam, DMD, PC

2657 NW Rolling Green Drive Corvallis | 541.757.2440


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