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How to Cope With Dental Anxiety

October 23, 2019

Frightened woman at the dentist office.

Let’s face it, the dentist office is not the first place people tend to want to go.  Most dental procedures are not painful but even just examining someone’s teeth can cause a level of anxiety.  Dental fear and dental anxiety is a problem that faces as many as 20% of Americans. Unfortunately the problem often snowballs, the less people go (or never at all) the worse and more serious any potential problems will tend to be.   This is why at Drs. Boyd we take every step to ensure that patients feel comfortable and we take away their anxiety.  Here we will discuss what brings about dental phobia and how we can deal with it!

What Causes Fear of the Dentist?

There are many different reasons that people feel stressed at the dental office.  Some of the reasons are fear of pain, fear of injection or the injection won’t anesthetize the area.  Many people also have a feeling of being helpless and a loss of personal space.  Some people feel embarrassed if they have problems because of the social stigma behind unhealthy teeth.  Regardless of the reason the Drs. Boyd have many ways to manage dental phobias and make for a comfortable, pleasant experience.

Pain is Not Relative

Pain is a huge factor in dental anxiety and not everyone experiences pain the same way.  Some things that seem like nothing to one person can be severe for another.  There are a number of different factors that impact how someone perceives pain. For example, people with red hair have a greater pain experience than people without red hair.  What matters?  If you feel pain, we believe you and we will do what we have to so that you don’t!  The days of the dentist making you suffer through a procedure or saying its not so bad are GONE.

Talk About It!

Bringing dental anxiety out into the open is a great way to alleviate most of your stress.  Even on your first call to our office, bring it up to our team.  It is important to discuss with Dr. Boyd what about dentistry makes you nervous.  This brings the fear out into the open and we can begin to discuss how we will manage it!  Having an open dialog with your dentist will also establish trust.  Something we hold in high regard.

Just Breath

Breathing and relaxation techniques can be an excellent way to relieve stress and anxiety.    Inhale slowly and deep through your nose.  While doing this make sure to keep your muscles relaxed.  Exhale through your mouth slowly while again keeping everything relaxed.  Another trick is to focus breathing through your belly.  Breath in and expand your abdomen while keeping your chest relatively still.  Also having an equal time inhaling and exhaling, helps focus your breathing and increase oxygen.

When we need a little more, the Drs. Boyd have other methods such as nitrous oxide, oral sedation and IV sedation with an anesthesiologist.  Dental anxiety is a very real problem for many people but the Drs. Boyd can manage it and make your experience a comfortable and relaxing one!

Call us at (212)755-9055 to schedule your visit with us.

Dentist in Midtown East Has 7 Tips for Summer Smiles

July 1, 2017

Filed under: Cosmetic Dentistry,Health Benefits,Uncategorized — tnt_admin @ 3:07 pm

Visit the dentist in Midtown East for comprehensive care.

We’re smack dab in the middle of summer, but we’ve still got quite a few long hot weeks to go. What are you looking forward to during July and August? We hope lots of fun and maybe some sun — and as your dentist in Midtown East, the Drs. Boyd also want to make sure you’re taking the steps to safeguard your smile from oral health hazards that can crop up this time of year. To help, we’ve put together a list of the top 7 tips for summertime smiles!

Dentists in Midtown Manhattan on Gum Disease & Heart Risks

June 1, 2016

Filed under: General Dentistry,Health Benefits — drsboyd @ 8:04 am

dentist in midtown manhattanThis June, your dentists in Midtown Manhattan are honoring national Men’s Health Month and Father’s Day by raising awareness of the importance of good preventive dental care for all of our patients. Did you know that an infection in your gums or periodontal disease, can lead to serious problems with your overall wellbeing? Heart problems are associated with the condition that affects some 75 percent of Americans. Keep reading to learn more from the Drs. Boyd! (more…)

Midtown Manhattan dentists encourage prenatal dental care

May 1, 2016


midtown-manhattan-prenatalFor many women, pregnancy is a very exciting time in their life. Drs. Boyd, Midtown Manhattan dentists, agree and wish to empower pregnant women with important information on the connection between their oral health and the health of their babies.

Flossing Should Be More Than Just a Spring Cleaning

April 18, 2016

Filed under: General Dentistry,Health Benefits,Kids Dentistry — drsboyd @ 10:16 am

flossingWhile floss was invented in 1815, it doesn’t get the respect it deserves in most people’s daily oral hygiene routines. Many view flossing as unnecessary and an inconvenience. Yet, if you aren’t flossing daily, you’re opening the door to a wide range of oral health complications. Adding flossing to your daily hygiene routine not only creates a cleaner, healthier smile, but also decreases your risk for developing painful dental complications, including gum disease, tooth decay, and even tooth loss. At Drs Boyd, we are committed to helping you have a healthy, long-lasting smile, which is why we encourage you to floss properly each day. (more…)

Midtown Manhattan Dentists Drs. Boyd Cast a Vote for Water

March 1, 2016

Filed under: General Dentistry,Health Benefits — drsboyd @ 10:31 am

Woman choosing mineral water in grocery store.
Do you prefer your water flat or fizzy? If you answered fizzy, then Drs. Boyd, the dentists Midtown Manhattan residents turn to for comprehensive dental care, would like to sway your vote. In addition to carbonation concerns, the Drs. Boyd’s platform supports drinking water from the tap. Plain bottled water and sparkling waters do not have fluoride. And, fluoride is very important for your dental health. (more…)

Maximize Your Remaining 2015 Dental Benefits with Drs. Boyd

November 13, 2015

Filed under: Cosmetic Dentistry,General Dentistry,Health Benefits — drsboyd @ 8:06 pm


It’s that time of the year again. The days are shorter, the temperature is dropping, leaves are falling, and families are getting together to celebrate the season. A recent study revealed that more than 50% of people in the US with dental insurance never use their benefits, and insurance providers count on it. If you have dental insurance and haven’t been to our office for dental care in 2015, you’re losing money. For patients who contribute to a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) and don’t use the money, that too gets absorbed at the end of the year. Don’t let your benefits go to waste. Visit our Midtown Manhattan dental practice to take full advantage of your dental health coverage in 2015, and remember, we can help you plan your FSA withholding for 2016. It needs to be set prior to December 31, 2015.