Gentle Dental of Shelby Township
4737 24 Mile Rd Suite 1, Shelby Township, MI 48316

Understanding Dental Fears


It is estimated that as many 15 percent of Americans skip routine dentist visits due to dental fears or anxiety. Although the majority of dental visits are simply pain-free check-ups and teeth cleanings, dental fears remain common. A visit to the family dentistry office can ignite unnecessary fears and anxieties, causing individuals to neglect their professional dental care and increase their susceptibility to disease. Dental fears and anxiety may be common, but, for optimal long-term health and a high quality of life, affected individuals should seek help, even professional help, if necessary. It is important to understand that there is a difference between anxiety and fear.

Dental anxiety is an uncomfortable feeling of apprehension and uncertainty that typically starts at the time of your dentist appointment.

Dental fears, or phobias, are much more serious and can cause people to experience terror and panic—even at the mere mention of professional dental care. These individuals may also suffer from emotional burdens, such as feeling insecure when smiling, laughing, or talking. In severe cases, the emotional distress can be extreme and affect interactions among friends and family, at work, or in basic social situations.

Often, people with dental phobias have a lower life expectancy and are more susceptible to poor health outcomes. Dental phobia is difficult to deal with, but you should seek help to overcome it. Poor oral health is a common indicator of certain life-threatening conditions, including heart disease.

Following are five symptoms of phobia or dental fears:

  1. Feeling physically ill at the thought of going to the dentist
  2. Anxiety or difficulty sleeping the night before a dental visit
  3. Rising tension and nervousness while in the dentist’s waiting room
  4. Anxiety when seeing dental equipment or dentistry staff
  5. Terror or difficulty breathing during dental care procedures

The thought of getting professional dental care should not cause you to feel panic-stricken. If you suffer from dental fears or phobia, you should seek help from a compassionate, affordable dentist in Shelby Township.

To get the dental care you deserve from an affordable dentist in Shelby Township, call Gentle Dental of Shelby Township today at (248) 721-4086 or make an appointment.

Gentle Dental offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Shelby Township. With 8 affiliated practices throughout Michigan, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Gentle Dental of Shelby Township, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Gentle Dental of Shelby Township. 

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Patient Reviews
Very professional, helpful, and kind especially since I am not very good at handling the dentist
Meagan J.
Great service
Jonathan C.
hygentist & dentist both were concered for the best p ossible outcomes for me
Harold P.
Everybody’s polite and it sound like nobody’s out there to get your money Plus it’s close to my house and I will recommend this place
Zef L.
The staff at Gentle Dental in Shelby Twp have been my dental professionals for over 20 years. The facility is extremely clean, the dentists are knowledgeable and friendly, Debi the dental hygienist […]
Michele C.
Very friendly and helpful staff.
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Staff is friendly and service great. Very professional
Paula G.
The entire staff was extremely friendly and professional. I was comfortable the whole time.
Rachel K.
Dr. STEFFENS is great ! She took her time in explaining the procedure that she was performing and did a excellent job. Deborah, the Hygienist is fantastic ! as well . The entire staff at the office […]
Michael S.
I love it there the workers there are very nice and helpful.
Danuel S.
Excellent service.
Joyce R.
Quick, efficient and does the best to accommodate my schedule.
Julie K.
Nice people , friendly and helpful.
Bill B.
I drive an extra 20 minutes out of my way to come here. Debi did a great job on my normally sensitive teeth and gums. She always takes her time and truly lives up to the “Gentle Dentle” name. […]
Because they are so nice and friendly.
Darnajah T.
Friendly and efficient staff
Don G.
Excellent care and treatment! Staff is amazing and always so friendly. My family has been coming here for years!
Joshua B.
Great care and advice from my hygienist, Debi Winkler. She is such an inspiration.
Victoria G.
Absolutely fantastic place. I feel lucky to have found it. Genuinely careing, friendly and all around cool staff. Makes going to the dreaded dentist a million times better. I’ve been putting off […]
Gage G.
I am new to this office and my first appointment was pleasant (well… as pleasant as going to the dentist can be, I guess!). The staff was nice and I loved Dr. Steffens.
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Office Hours
  • Monday 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Tuesday 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Wednesday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Thursday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Saturday 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Sunday Closed
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  • Phone: (248) 721-4086
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