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Plaza Dental Group: 1089 Jordan Creek Pkwy #100, West Des Moines, IA 50266

Dental Anxiety Solutions in Des Moines, Iowa


Comfortable, gentle, judgment free dentistry. Plaza Dental can help you overcome Dental Anxiety

“My experience was amazing! Everyone was so kind and answered all my questions. I am usually one who has a fear of dentist, but I felt so comfortable and relaxed which I have never experienced at a dental office before.”

5* Google Review – Taylor

“I have a huge fear of anything doctor or dentist related and she made the trip so great! She explained as she went, she took the time to listen to me and she gave me great information to everything I asked.”

5* Google Review – Kathrina

“I absolutely love my time here! I actually look forward to my appointments. From the friendly faces up front to the relaxing extra perks they provide in the back, it’s definitely a 5 star experience and feels more like a spa.”

5* Google Review – Alaa

Are you nervous about seeing a dentist?

Dental Anxiety Solutions

Dentist Des Moines, Iowa

Few people eagerly await their turn in the dentist’s chair. However, severe anxiety gets in the way of millions of Americans by keeping them from searching for the right preventative care. The outcomes of this problem may reach outside the scope of dental pain or lost teeth.

What Is Dental Anxiety?

Dental anxiety has been referred to by several interchangeable names including dental phobia, dental fear, odontophobia, or dentophobia in the literature. Phobia stems from a real, specific stimulus such as a needle, whereas anxiety can be considered anticipatory in nature. Regardless of categorization, an individual’s response is alike in both situations.

Dental anxiety and phobia are conditions that play a major role in getting people to avoid dentists and significant dental treatments. People undergoing anxiety experience enhanced stress and uneasiness while visiting the dentist and are consequently unwilling to see the dentist.

How Common Is Dental Anxiety?

If the prospect of meeting a dentist puts you on edge, you surely aren’t alone.

  • Actually, almost 40 million Americans avoid dental visits because of anxiety or fear, as reported by the Columbia University College of Dental Medicine.
  • The American Association of Endodontists discovered in a survey that 80 percent of American adults fear dentists.
  • More dental fear is reported in cases of women and children than in men.

Why Do Some People Fear Dentists?

People face anxiety during dental visits for various reasons:

  • Fear of painful sensations.
  • Negative recollection of past traumatic experiences
  • Fear of needles or injections going into their gums.
  • Fear of drilling tools or its sound and vibrations.
  • Embarrassment about hapless dental hygiene or poor breath.
  • Fear of sedation.
  • Feeling of helplessness or confinement in the dental chair.

What Are the Effects of Dental Anxiety?

The more you postpone or simply refuse dental visits, the more you risk acquiring dental problems that can make your future dental visits a lot more challenging.

Avoiding the dentist can lead to deterioration from dental disease, a greater necessity for emergency care or complicated treatment. It can also be promoting the underlying issue of dental anxiety. This is called the ‘vicious series of dental anxiety’.

Most dental illness is lifestyle-related and avoidable. By avoiding dental visits, not only are you potentially going to require more complex treatments upon your visit eventually, but you are also lacking in gaining information on better oral health care.

How We Assess Dental Anxiety

At Plaza Dental Group, we believe you should get the best possible dental care, and that implies ensuring that you feel settled and in control at each level of your treatment.

Ahead of your treatment, our dentist will communicate with you suitably to discover the reason for any concerns, so as to relax your mind. We will discuss all of your treatment steps with you, so you are aware of what to anticipate and when. You need not worry because our team is skilled at detecting and aiding anxious patients, and are accommodating to move at a pace that’s comfortable for you.

How We Care for Patients with Dental Anxiety

Regardless of your cause for dental anxiety, at Plaza Dental Group, our compassionate dental team will take good care of your dental and emotional health. We strive to offer superior care to our patients while discovering methods to help them relax during any treatment process and encourage them to seek their necessary dental care in the future.

“This place is amazing. I feel the most comfortable and at ease here over any dental office I’ve ever been to and I’ve been around the block”

5* Google Review – David

“I was given a heated neck wrap and if you are still a little on edge they will give the nuwave treatment this is wonderful it instantly puts you at ease”

5* Google Review – Suzanne

“These folks deal with your anxiety in a positive way, are supportive and helpful, you leave feeling better and definitely more proud of your smile”

5* Google Review – Nick

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I feel like I need to give some background. I was having a hard time. A hard time for about three years. In that time I stopped taking care of myself. I just didn’t care anymore. But then, I did some work and decided I want toIn the time I was in a “3-year dark place”, I had stripped away the enamel on my two front teeth. It caused my two front teeth to become easily stained. In a very “lady, what’s goin’ on with your teeth” way. Did I mention I’m in a very customer-facing job?Today, Dr. Odland fixed my teeth.I couldn’t be more proud to smile today. I think I smiled so much others couldn’t help but also smile. It was a good feeling.Thanks doc. And my hygienist. I’m so sorry I didn’t remember, your name. (Abigale, maybe? Good lord I’m so sorry I didn’t remember) You were great! I appreciate you!TLDR: if you need a good dentist, you should go here.read more
Briana Carpenter
Briana Carpenter
Beautiful office with great people providing excellent oral healthcare!If you’re thinking about a dental implant, I recommend Dr. Jeremy Flinkman. I had zero pain when he placed the post into the bone. In three month, I go back to be scanned for measurements for the crown. Do not get a bridge - go with an implant.read more
Kerilyn Conrad
Kerilyn Conrad
Things went very well today. It should make getting the bridge done easier. Today was prep for the Bridge. Very easy and quick. Did not have to bite into a mold. Looking forward to finishing the process.
Chris Refsland
Chris Refsland
I had a great experience with my treatment at this place. They are the most trustworthy and clean team. Their hardwork will pay you off with amazing tooth for sure. I highly recommend this place and a must visit for any of your tooth work ! Thank you !
vijay purna
vijay purna
I needed to have a tooth extracted. Dr. Dietrich was amazing. She kept reassuring me during the process, which I really needed. She worked quickly and efficiently and treated me with respect and kindness. Not a fun process but she helped calm me.
Connie Scharlach
Connie Scharlach
I had the pleasure of working with Talia in my first appointment in years. She made me feel heard emotionally and financially while still being quick and efficient. Couldn’t have asked for a better reintroduction to oral health care.
Leana Bishop
Leana Bishop
Jillian repaired my temporary crown. She is extremely pleasant and very sensitive to her patients. She also is very knowledgeable and has excellent skills in performing her dental procedures. Definitely a 5 + staff member and an asset to the Plaza Dental Group team.
Victoria Arndt
Victoria Arndt
I started going to Plaza Dental group when unsatisfied with my previous provider. My experience has been fantastic. After only one visit the staff knew me by name and remembered small details about my life. They also informed of missing sealants my previous dentist had ignored. Since going for my first visit I have had most of them replaced, as well as a Boost Whitening Treatment from Manny. The staff is excellent, and I would recommend them to even those who don’t have cavities or staining. I fell into that category and have still seen improvement in what most people labeled as a perfect smile.read more
Levi Larson
Levi Larson
I had the best experience I have ever had at the dentist before! I had Becca for my cleaning and she was the absolute best. She was so kind and super cheerful and just an extremely fun person to have clean my teeth. While doing my cleaning, Dr. Jones came in to check my teeth and was super welcoming and made me feel more comfortable than ever, given I hadn’t been to a dentist in quite a few years and made me feel so good about my teeth. Overall, I can’t describe into words how absolutely amazing my experience at Plaza was. I will most definitely be back!read more
Spencer Barnes
Spencer Barnes
I had a great experience with Dr. Jones and Manny. I had several procedures, and they took extra care each time, ensuring my comfort, understanding of the work, and smooth recovery. Great results and professional care. Absolutely recommended.
Eric Thortsen
Eric Thortsen
Everyone at Plaza Dental has been friendly and makes coming to the dentist a positive experience. Currently doing SureSmile aligners and treatment cost has been very affordable! I would recommend Dr. Odland and his team!
Breyonna Peckham
Breyonna Peckham
The hygienist and Dr are excellent. Friendly, thoughtful (what station of music would you like to hear for example) competent.I bounced around a few dentists after mine retired and am glad I found this group. Highly recommended.
Rose Mitchell
Rose Mitchell
I’ve been a patient at Plaza for over a decade. The staff is so friendly, the location is easy to access, and scheduling/rescheduling is simple and convenient. I used to hate going to the dentist but they have helped me feel comfortable with the process and confident with my smile.
Bethany Arganbright
Bethany Arganbright
All staff & dentist were very good, very helpful & they all had very nice personalities. They were knowledgeable & through. Refered me to a surgeon that could maybe help me with implants. Kudos plaza dental
Deb Stineman
Deb Stineman
I had a fear of Dentist but after my visit there it was awesome. The staff was amazing and so welcoming and friendly. Susie was the best im from Louisiana and she played some Zydeco music for me this place is amazing. The hand wax was the icing on the cake.
murrell roland
murrell roland
I highly recommend Dr. Odland. His ability to be personable and professional is exceptional! He made me feel comfortable and confident regarding my dental decisions. In addition, Noel, Carley, and Erin have been wonderful. I’ve also had a great experience with Rick. Destinae always checks you in with a smile.read more
Cheryl Fontanini
Cheryl Fontanini
Amazing team, They take the time to listen to your concerns and understand your concerns. They go above and beyond to insure you are comfortable and really get to know you.
holly schelle
holly schelle
Rick gave us a great referral to help us with getting my husband's dentures so he can have teeth again! The staff were friendly and made us feel respected.
Nancy Costa
Nancy Costa
I love coming to Plaza Dental. The people are so friendly and welcoming. Lacey is fantastic. She loves her job and her patients. I appreciate her and all she does to make me feel comfortable . She is the very best !!!
kathy and tim meyer
kathy and tim meyer
As usual, I only waited a few minutes until Talia came to bring me to the back. The treatment itself was pleasant and efficient and everybody was very friendly and helpful. I definitely recommend this place!
Martina Walther
Martina Walther

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1089 Jordan Creek Parkway, Suite 100, West Des Moines, IA 50266

Opening Hours

  • Mon - Wed 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

  • Thursday 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Friday 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Sat - Sun Closed

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