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If it’s been awhile since you saw the dentist, chances are you’ve held off not because you think you’re mouth is spic and span, but because you’re afraid to go. You might have even asked a coworker for a recommendation, or Googled dentists in the area but never got further than clicking on a few pages.

1st In Smiles has helped relieve dental anxiety for thousands of patients, and we’d love to help ease your fears, too! Below, we’ve listed common reasons that our patients have told us they were once afraid of the dentist. We think you’ll find them helpful as you search for the right dentist to provide you and your family with healthy smiles.