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To maintain or achieve optimum oral health, you need regular visits to the dentist. For those with a dental phobia or fear of the dentist, this can be difficult. If you have severe dental anxiety or fear that is keeping you from getting the oral care you need, contact our team at First Smile Family Dental. We welcome patients with dental phobia or anxiety to our dental center in Federal Way, WA.

If you are afraid of the dentist, you are not alone. Many people have varying degrees of dental anxiety, and some have a true dental phobia. Just the thought of visiting a dentist can make some people’s heart race and bring on anxiety symptoms. For some, this is due to poor experiences with dental care in the past, while others cannot explain their fear. Regardless of why you have dental anxiety, there are ways to overcome this obstacle so that you can still enjoy a beautiful, healthy smile.

Dental Anxiety

For our patients with dental phobia and dental anxiety, we make every visit as stress-free as possible. We have extended hours and comfort amenities at our office, which can relieve some of the stress associated with dental care. Our treatment rooms are cozy with blankets and pillows available, plus you can watch TV with headphones during your visit to keep your mind occupied.

For patients with severe dental anxiety or phobia, we recommend sedation dentistry as a solution. We offer both nitrous oxide and oral conscious sedation that can relax patients and make their dental visits anxiety-free. Nitrous oxide is a milder form of sedation without lasting side effects after the visit, great for patients who need to drive. Oral conscious sedation is for patients who want relaxation before and during their visits, but an adult will need to be available to bring the patient to and from their appointment.

If you suffer from dental phobia or anxiety, do not let it impact the health of your smile. Contact us at First Smile Family Dental – we welcome patients with dental anxiety from Fife, Auburn, Des Moines, Kent, and the other communities near Federal Way.


Call our team today and schedule your visit.
We look forward to meeting you and helping you achieve your best smile.

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  • Susan C.

    I absolutely LOVE Dr. Nguyen! She was kind, compassionate, and exactly what I need in a dentist! She made me feel comfortable right away and genuinely cared about me as a person, AND the health of my teeth!

  • Terry H.

    From the time my husband and I walked in the door to walking out it was absolutely amazing!! The care from the receptionist to the technician to the dentist was without a doubt the most professional caring understanding staff. I am not one who enjoys the dentist but they made it so that I was very relaxed and look forward to going again.

  • Kyle G.

    Top of the line customer service from the front desk to the dental chair. Really happy with not only the doctor, but her assistant and everyone that worked there. The cleaning was expertly done, all photos and decisions were thoughtfully explained and I learned new things about my teeth that I did not know before.

  • Teo T.

    AMAZING! The best dentist I have ever been to! I felt well taken care of. I was greeted right when I walked in. The Center is very clean. Dr. Nguyen and her staff are very nice and they pay attention to detail to make sure you get the best dental care! I would definitely recommend to anyone who needs dental care to come to this place for excellent service.

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