Plaza Dental Group 515 612 7148  1089 Jordan Creek Pkwy #100, West Des Moines, IA 50266

Dental Anxiety Solution

Are You Scared Of Seeing A Dentist?
Dental Anxiety Solution - Dentist Des Moines

Dental Anxiety Solution

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.

What Is Nucalm? How Does It Help with Dental Anxiety?

NuCalm® is an innovative dental phobia solution that can immensely enhance your dental experience without requiring sedation!

NuCalm® naturally relaxes the mind and body in merely a few minutes, allowing you to have a serene and comfortable dental office experience.

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.

With the above in mind, Plaza Dental Group also offers NuCalm® which is a revolutionary new system that is very helpful in providing dental care while reducing stress, anxiety, and fear. NuCalm® is a medication-free system of relaxation that makes use of the brain’s personal internal mechanisms to help supersede sensations of anxiety with relief and calmness.

Plaza Dental Group is a leading dentist in West Des Moines and our patients rely on our superior dental care solutions. We are an authorized NuCalm® dentist committed to help you feel relaxed throughout your stay at our office. Our Des Moines Dentists Steffany Mohan and DDS, Dr. Jay Jensen always ensure to listen to their patient’s concerns actively. This helps Dr. Steffany Mohan and her team determine the best dental anxiety solutions that will get patients to actually look forward to a dental visit.

Are you ready to take the next step?

Contact Plaza Dental Group today!

If you would like to know more about this treatment please call our friendly team on 515 612 7148 to discover more. 

Read our reviews

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I’ve been so impressed and grateful for the care I’ve received at Plaza Dental! From cleanings to potential periodontal issues, Lacey and Dr. J have been on top of my progress. Highly educated, thorough, incredibly friendly, and patient-focused. I would highly recommend them!read more
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The Plaza Dental staff is just the BEST! I always enjoy coming in for my cleanings and my Invisalign appointments. I always feel at home like I'm a part of the family. Thank you all for that. A big shoutout to Dr. Dietrich, Susan (Suzie), and Noel. I love you guys so much!!!! Thank you all for your contribution on this journey to a beautiful smile. Xoxo!!!!read more
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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.read more
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My experience with the Plaza Dental Group has been amazing! The receptionist was delightful when I initially called to schedule my appointment. She had me laughing. I was warmly greeted and didn't have to wait long. They were non judgemental and thorough in my initial examination. I was given a detailed plan of action to address my issues. Today my appointment with Dr. Odland was excellent. He has the most gentle touch by the way. A must in a Dentist in my opinion. Aaron a future dentist helped make me comfortable and he assisted Dr. Odland perfectly while keeping me comfortable throughout the process. My overall experience has been wonderful. I highly recommend this experienced group of professionals. They've got a lifelong client with me.read more

Contact information

515 612 7148

Opening Hours

  • Monday 8:00AM – 5:00PM
  • Tuesday 8:00AM – 5:00PM
  • Wednesday 8:00AM – 5:00PM
  • Thursday 8:00AM – 5:00PM
  • Friday 8:00AM – 12:00PM
  • Sat-Sun Closed

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Plaza Dental Group. 1089 Jordan Creek Parkway, Suite 100, West Des Moines, IA 50266

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Based on 146 reviews
I’ve been so impressed and grateful for the care I’ve received at Plaza Dental! From cleanings to potential periodontal issues, Lacey and Dr. J have been on top of my progress. Highly educated, thorough, incredibly friendly, and patient-focused. I would highly recommend them!
Cynthia Shidler
Cynthia Shidler
The Plaza Dental staff is just the BEST! I always enjoy coming in for my cleanings and my Invisalign appointments. I always feel at home like I'm a part of the family. Thank you all for that. A big shoutout to Dr. Dietrich, Susan (Suzie), and Noel. I love you guys so much!!!! Thank you all for your contribution on this journey to a beautiful smile. Xoxo!!!!read more
Savion Solé
Savion Solé
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.
Taylor Moore
Taylor Moore
My experience with the Plaza Dental Group has been amazing! The receptionist was delightful when I initially called to schedule my appointment. She had me laughing. I was warmly greeted and didn't have to wait long. They were non judgemental and thorough in my initial examination. I was given a detailed plan of action to address my issues. Today my appointment with Dr. Odland was excellent. He has the most gentle touch by the way. A must in a Dentist in my opinion. Aaron a future dentist helped make me comfortable and he assisted Dr. Odland perfectly while keeping me comfortable throughout the process. My overall experience has been wonderful. I highly recommend this experienced group of professionals. They've got a lifelong client with me.read more
MS Cacklebottom
MS Cacklebottom
Lacey does an amazing job- highly recommend her for hygiene needs. Also- Dr. Jay is hands down the best dentist I’ve ever seen. These folks deal with your anxiety in a positive way, are supportive and helpful — and you leave there feeling better and definitely being a little more proud of your smile!read more
Nick Ryan
Nick Ryan
I always have THE best experiences at Plaza Dental. The entire staff is amazing and friendly. Especially Susie and Noel who are simply THE best! I highly recommend for regular dental visits and I was highly impressed with my Invisalign treatment. I actually look forward to going to the dentist now! Love it!read more
Jamie Petersen
Jamie Petersen
I recently had cosmetic surgery. Dr. Dietrich and her assistant Joel were so professional and did excellent work. I am beyond pleased with my new smile!
LR Meyer
LR Meyer
To the whole plaza dental family you guys are the best I strongly recommend you guys to every one🙂🙂🙂 really kind nice people and do the best job EVER!!! Doctor JAY JENSEN you rock and congratulations on your move,also to all the staff you ladies made me feel very comfortable thank you thank you god bless.Doctor Jay Jensen keep doing your thing🙂 and the ladies up front you guys double rock🙂🙂 thanks for opening the door for me Lol, Alvin Thanks Plaza!!!!read more
Alvin Lee
Alvin Lee
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. Lacey is best although one time she wore white after labor day, but I won't fault her for that.
David Prins
David Prins
My dental hygienist, Sara, is the kindest person to work with. She is honest with her overview and analysis. She is friendly and happy to talk to you. I’ve never had a bad experience at Plaza and would recommend anyone come in for a consult or to be a new client with the dental practice. Thank you Sara for all that you do!read more
Kevin Black
Kevin Black
I would recommend to anyone! Great and friendly staff.Really put me at ease.Kept me well informed during my visit as to what procedure was being done.Great experience overall.
Dave Gates
Dave Gates
Professional, really caring team!! It’s awesome to be able to receive such expert care and most procedures can be taken care of in one place. Highly recommend this great place!!!! So kind and helpful.
Amy Gionis
Amy Gionis
They are the best! I do not like going to the dentist. I think most people don't. My dental hygienists, Sara, is amazing! She very quick but very thorough. My teeth look great when I leave and I am in and out quickly, which I appreciate. The dentist are all wonderful and I trust them. They also have wonderful whitening options. Been going for several years now and I'm never disappointed.read more
Katie Petersen
Katie Petersen
I highly recommend! They have the friendliest staff and are so professional and seem very knowledgeable! I had the boost whitening done and loved the results.
Taylor Brummer
Taylor Brummer
Dr. Odland is the best dentist I've ever had! He was so comfortable and personable. He transformed my smile in just 30 minutes and I've never felt more confident. Thank you!!
Alexa Wolfe
Alexa Wolfe
The Staff and Doctors are friendly, courteous, and professional. I no longer have "Dentist" phobia. Early morning appointments are greatly appreciated.
Donald Ryan
Donald Ryan
They were great! I loved how the dentist came and discussed my options at length with me. Shared the truth about some of the challenges I would face with each option! It was the best dental office experience I have ever had!
Tom Byber
Tom Byber
This office was so beautiful and clean. The staff was friendly and warm. I never felt rushed and all my needs were addressed. The dentist had great bedside manner and was very informative. I would highly recommend!
Austin Fawler
Austin Fawler
I had to get fillings for the first time and I was nervous wreck. Noelle and Jennifer were talking the whole time about their lives and they kept me calm. Noelle's playlist was great and they were both professional! They made sure I was doing alright and not feeling anything every couple minutes or if I was wincing. They would stop immediately and asked if I needed a break.read more
Nicole Jackson
Nicole Jackson
My experience at Ideal was awesome! The dental assistant Kevyon is always friendly and does a good job at calming me with great attitude and energy before my work is done. The dentist was very experienced and did each procedure without causing me any pain. Brooke Shields was very knowledgeable and answered all of my questions and concerns. Thank you all for another great visit.read more
John Farny
John Farny
My daughter has had a number of bad dental experiences and has become a challenging/anxious patient. She’s now had her first cleaning and a filling, all within a week. The staff was able to help her manage her anxiety and made it a great experience for both of us - something I didn’t think was possible.read more
Mikki Neff
Mikki Neff
Susan was absolutely phenomenal! 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. She was very thorough and knowledgeable. She was efficient, but I did not feel rushed at all. The entire office was very nice and friendly and so welcoming. And the extra things they offer to make sure you're comfortable (warm neck towel, paraffin wax hand dip, extra water, etc) made it the most relaxing trip to the dentist I've ever experienced. 100% recommending to everyone I know and will never go anywhere else! Thank you Susan and the entire office staff! I actually look forward to my next appointment!read more
Kathrina Petersen
Kathrina Petersen
Plaza Dental Group
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