We understand that visiting the dentist is never going to be at the top of your ‘things to do’ list!
For some of our patients it’s more than apprehension or some discomfort. It can be hugely traumatic. But dental phobia or anxiety is nothing to be ashamed of. And if you do struggle don’t worry – you are not alone! In fact, you are part of the 36% of the population in the US who also suffer from dental anxiety. You might even be part of the 12% who suffer from severe dental phobia.
We understand your fear
At Expertise Dental we don’t take your trepidation, fear, anxiety, or phobia lightly. We know this could stem from any number of issues whether it’s past trauma or negative experiences, embarrassment about dental hygiene or the poor health of your teeth, a fear of needles, injections or sedation or a fear of pain, choking or blood.
We have seen anxious patients with various symptoms such as dizziness, chills, sweating, nausea, trembling, upset stomachs or heart palpitations.
The problem is, the more you postpone your dental visits the worse the fear and anxiety can become. In addition, this can lead to deterioration in the health of your teeth and often result in a greater necessity for emergency or more complicated treatment.
This is called the ‘vicious cycle of dental anxiety.’
So how can we help?
At Expertise Dental we believe you should get the best possible dental care, and that involves ensuring you feel settled and in control at each level of your treatment.
So, before your treatment begins our dentist will chat with you to find out how you are feeling and what concerns you may have. We will discuss all the treatment options and steps with you so you are totally aware of what will happen, why and when.
Whatever the cause of your dental anxiety, our compassionate dental team here in Charleston 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 necessary dental care in the future.
How a Dentist Can Manage Dental Anxiety and Phobia in Patients
Identify patients who have dental anxiety and allow extra time for their visits. Talk to patients and determine their anxiety triggers and create a tailored treatment plan for them.
Your dentist can use several techniques to reduce your fear, which includes:
Be very gentle.
Entertainment such as listening to music or watching TV.
Facial muscle massage.
Here at Expertise Dental, we want you to feel relaxed and confident – you are in safe hands. We offer conscious sedation.
This sedation is generally used for long or complex procedures.
Due to the relaxing effects of the medication, patients must have a friend or family member bring them to our office and return them home after their procedures.
Our dentists will always listen to your concerns which will help us determine the best dental anxiety solutions to help you look forward to your visit! For further information visit our page here or contact us directly at our office. We are always happy to help.
Article written by
Melissa Minger Swanson DMD, FAGD
Dr. Swanson focuses on treating patients with Complex Esthetic issues, TMJ disorders and Occlusal issues, Airway Health, Wellness, and Preventive Care. She is a residency-trained general dentist with an emphasis on advanced comprehensive adult care. Her passion for dentistry shines through her detailed work, the genuine care with which she treats her patients, and her love of working with interdisciplinary teams.
Dr. Menito is an excellent dentist ! I feel very fortunate to have him as my dentist.Angie, the dental hygienist is very knowledgeable and also excellent. Expertise is the perfect name for this practice. This is a cutting edge practice, and I am grateful.
I recently had front tooth crown knocked out on vacation and lost it. Amanda went right to work and got my smile looking great again. I really can't say enough about how awesome this place is. If feels more like a spa than a dental office. More importantly if you need to have cosmetic work done, this is hands down the best place. They are true artists when it comes to making your smile look wonderful. I feel so lucky to have the best practice in town keeping my smile looking great!
This is as the most professional medical office I have experienced . I worked in the medical field for years and was impressed with this facility. Everyone was so professional. I was treated with so much respect and caring attitude from every staff member DrSeay is absolutely amazing - if I would have been fortunate enough to have had her all my years I know that I would not being dealing with the issues that I now am having to deal with. This visit was the best experience that I have ever had at a medical/dental practice. THANK YOU SO MUCH DR. SEAY. You are awesome. Deb
Love this office. Super modern, state of the art and efficient. And..... such skilled professionals who are also the nicest people! Love it. Had two old metal fillings replaced with today’s modern materials. Fillings absolutely disappear into your tooth like they’re not even there. Wish I would have done it earlier!
Professional, Friendly, Fast service! Went in for an annual checkup and teeth cleaning...they found a cavity and fixed it on the same visit!Always enjoy my trip to the Dentist seeing Dr. Seay and her staff!
I want to thank the whole staff. I'm usually a nervous wreck at the dentist. Dr Seay was so compassionate, professional, sweet and made my mind at rest. She IS an Artist. I am so looking forward to coming back...thank you. I am looking forward to having my pretty smile back🌺Jennifer
Dr. Seay has been my dentist since I was 15 years old. Now 32, I know she is the best dentist out there . Amanda Seay goes above and beyond any expectations one could ever imagine. She’s a perfectionist and a super nice person . I love her staff especially Janet !
I’ve had a ton of dental work in the past , and thankful to have found Dr Seay. I recently moved here from NY, left a highly competent dental group and this was my first visit and immediately impressed with the team . Her office is well organized , diligent and caring. My hygienist Mel was knowledgeable, so thorough yet gentle, and offered great tips for preventative care. Dr. Seay examined me and is thorough , charismatic, supportive and a good communicator. I haven’t had any work done yet and when I do I’ll post again.
The Dr. Amanda Seay experience is exceptional across the board. Every team member who I interacted with during my cosmetic dentistry treatment was unbelievably warm, welcoming, knowledgeable, and professional. The office environment has the decor and ambiance of a luxury spa. I felt so well cared for along every step of my treatment. I am incredibly pleased with my results and look forward to being a long-term patient for all of my dental care needs. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Dr. Seay and her fantastic team to anyone seeking the absolute BEST!
Going to Dr Amanda Seay is like going to a day spa for your teeth! 😃. The staff are friendly, helpful & professional. They make you feel right at ease. Janet is wonderful! She is so knowledgeable & has such a great sense of humor. Dr. Seay is fabulous! She is so detailed oriented & wants you to be completely satisfied. I love that she keeps up with all the new advances in dentistry & has a talent for making beautiful smiles! I’ve had issues with my 2 front teeth for years & have always been self conscious of my smile & I smile a lot & a big smile. The work that Dr Seay is doing has already made me feel better about my smile & I know when we have completed the process it’ll be beautiful. I’m looking forward to it! Thank you Dr Seay & all your wonderful staff.
Great dentistry and great technology, and also just the nicest, friendliest staff that makes me feel like I'm going to visit my friends! They care about my dental health, my life, my family. That's what makes going to the dentist an actual enjoyable experience!
I have a fear my front teeth will fall out. According to the experts, they should have fallen out in my early 20's due to trauma. Dr. Seay put me at ease and we have a great treatment plan to not only correct my bite, but also give me a beautiful smile.
Love Dr. Seay and her staff. She has completely transformed my smile. So grateful for her expertise. She thoroughly explains everything and truly cares about her patients and their experience. She has a very calming presence which helps me immensely. Highly recommend!!
I always enjoy my experiences. I go twice a year👍The staff were Covidly astute, and even opened doors for me as I came in and exited to reduce the minute possibility of Contamination..PS:I look forward to the return of the heated lavender neck rolls 🙂 thank you Dr. Seay🙏
Dr. Seay and her entire staff, from when you walk in, sit down, begin your procedures, and walk out the door are at the top of their league. I am continually impressed by their professionalism and dedication to their patients’ experience, dental health, and overall quality of life with respect to their teeth. I have not ever had a practice that is so thorough at making me comfortable and being conscious of my needs.
I’m a dentist in the area (and a bit of a perfectionist...), but I will only come to Dr. Seay for any work. She is a role model for all of us dentists that aspire to achieve the level of artistry she produces. She’s a very sought after clinician, educator and lecturer, yet she’s still so generous with her time and values each patient. I highly recommend her, especially if you are considering any cosmetic work!
Dr. Seay is not only amazing at what she does she’s got the best way of making her patients feel relaxed and comfortable. From her sweet demeanor to her super friendly staff her office is one that makes you feel more like you’re at the spa vs a medical office. Highly recommend her practice!!
I hadn't been to the dentist in a while so I was a little nervous but the staff was great and everything went well. The environment is comfortable and stylish too! Dr. Seay is very pleasant, thorough and professional. I would highly recommend to anyone looking for a new dentist!
Best experience at the dentist I’ve ever had. I’ve always been a little nervous going in for things like fillings, but not anymore. Plus, I get w lavender scented heating pad on the back of my neck at every visit! It kind of feels like a spa day!
Yes, I am her husband so it might be biased, but I was the first dental patient EVER! If I could truly find the words to explain just how dedicated Dr. Seay is to the profession and the passion and excellence she puts into her clinical skill and patient care, the words would certainly fall short. She is truly an inspiration that shares her talents with even other dentists. Yes, I love her, but MAN! how much respect do I have for her and what she has invested into her patients. Proud of you Dr. Seay and proud of the wonderful ladies that work for you. Truly a family that loves and serves the patients that come in. Thanks for building a great practice and for a great visit today!
Love Dr. Seay, Janet and Melissa!!!!! They are all so professional, kind and caring. The dentist personally not my favorite place to be, but if you have to go this is the place you need to be, HANDS DOWN!!!!!!!
I have been a patient of Park West Dentistry for 11 years and they continue to amaze me! Starting with walking in the door and the warm greeting that Melissa always gives us! I just finished some extensive dental work and spent 2 very long appointments with Dr. Seay and Janet. They made sure I was comfortable and was informed of everything that was being done. They make you feel so special with their care! I am thrilled with how my teeth look and am so happy that we chose Park West Dentistry so many years ago!!
I've been seeing Dr. Seay for about 4 years. The office is so welcoming; everyone puts you at ease. They make dental visits as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. Dr. Seay is excellent and continues to be a learner of dentistry which I appreciate. I actually enjoy my dental visits (outside of actual dental work!)
This was the best dentists experience of my life. I just moved to the area and had a chipped front tooth. I called this place do to the outstanding reviews I read. They saw me in two days and fixed my tooth the same day. The staff was so nice that I felt I knew them for years. True southern charm! The professionalism was 5 star all the way!
Dr Seay is extremely knowledgeable and professional, as well as a warm person. She examined my teeth, took some photos herself and had me view them on a screen while I was sitting in the chair! I never had a dentist examine my teeth like she did. She is very honest and discussed alternative ways for me to proceed. Her office is immaculate. Her staff is very pleasant and helpful. I recommend her highly. She deserves 10 ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Everything about my dental experience with Dr. Seay’s office was amazing. Melissa, the treatment coordinator, was so friendly and made me feel at home right at walk in. The hygienists, Monica and Randi, were so thorough in taking new patient pictures to show you your smile, as well as taking a digital scan to evaluate your mouth as whole. Dr. Seay was so professional and addressed my main concern same day. The treatment was painless and smooth with the help of her excellent assistant Janet (The Rubber Dam Queen). Here I am 24 hours later and I feel like I had nothing done. If you’re looking for a great Dentist and team to take care of your oral health in Mt. Pleasant, look no further.
I went in for a consultation recently and it was such a great experience! The office was beautiful, and from the receptionist to the assistant to Amanda herself, everyone was so warm and kind. Dr. Seay took the time to form a custom mock up of veneers on me to show me what we could do. For a free consult, I was shocked at the time that was spent and the care that was shown. Can't wait to continue to go to Dr. Seay and will definitely be joining her membership program! 🙂