Recent articles have indicated that 10% of the U.S. population has a dental phobia so strong that it prevents them from making regular dental visits. If we apply the statistic to Jacksonville’s population, more than 84,000 people in our area have this condition. So in this article, we want to soothe the most common fears about going to the dentist.


Jacksonville dentist Dr. Harris Rittenberg can help you conquer your fears about going to the dentist.

“Dentistry While You Sleep” soothes many people with dental phobia.

Many people are so worried about the pain caused by dental treatments that they decide not to go. For these people, we offer “Dentistry While You Sleep. These patients take safe sedation medication pills before the needed procedure. The pills create a calm, relaxed experience, but still allow the patient the ability to respond to questions.


Some people would rather skip a dental procedure rather than deal with the numbing injections. But thanks to our advanced technology, we have ways of addressing this fear.

One method involves “the wand.” This device provides a painless, stress-free alternative to dental anesthesia via syringe by delivering a computer-regulated flow of anesthetic.

Another method involves our prescription strength numbing gel. This gel is powerful enough to avoid injections for some minor periodontal work. By applying this gel before a procedure, we’ve earned several “pain-free injection” reviews from our patients.

Loss of Control

Some people fear the dental chair because they feel a total loss of control. They feel prone and cannot see what is going on while dental work is performed.

For people with this fear, our family-like atmosphere helps tremendously. The concern and compassion we show helps them feel relaxed and at home in no time. Plus, we offer many home-style amenities, such as flat-screen TVs and personalized music options, to help them feel more in control.


A study by the National Library of Medicine found that many people fear the cost of dental treatments even if they have insurance. While not directly linked with dental phobia, this fear can lead to skipped checkups as well.

At our office, we strive to make our treatments work for our patients financially. We accept all major credit cards, and can set up monthly payment plans to accommodate our patients’ budgets. And when it comes to dealing with insurance, our experienced staff knows how to make sure our patients pay as little out of pocket as possible.

For More Information

Our For Your Comfort page has more information on ways we can make your visit stress-free. If you have questions about this article or about dental phobia, please contact us. We’re always happy to help answer questions of our Jacksonville patient family.