Dr. Robbie R. Hamblin

208 461-2600 or Email Me Anytime

351 West Iowa • Nampa, Idaho 83686

Waves of Anxiety

Waves of Anxiety

Dr. Hamblin, beach.

Recently I was caught on camera trying to avoid getting overtaken by a cold Oregon ocean wave. Sometimes the waves can catch you off guard. Even if you feel safe wandering out farther and farther, if you are not careful, you will get wet. Dental problems can also catch you off guard. So what is it that keeps patients from being prevention minded by seeking consistent preventive care (regular cleanings)?

We have all new patients rate their anxiety on a scale of 1-10, with 10 being the worst. The vast majority of the answers fall on one end of the spectrum or the other. It’s either at the low end, 1-2 or at the high end, 9-10.

Whenever I see those high numbers, I make it my personal mission to discover the reasons behind the anxiety. I have discovered that there are many different reasons why people are anxious about dental treatment. I always ask the patient what it is they don’t like about the dentist, and then I sit quietly and LISTEN to the response. Here are a few of the most common.

Hate needles, hate the drill, don’t get numb, always get cavities, bad dental experiences in the past, costs too much, don’t know what the dentist is doing, don’t like things in my mouth, gag easily…I think you get the picture.

I will usually sit with a new patient for 5-10 minutes and ask questions until I feel that I understand what it is that specifically bothers the patient. Once I discover the source of the anxiety, I then will come up with a plan specific to the needs of of the patient to help them overcome their anxiety and I am careful to write this plan in their chart so that I never forget it.

Do you want a plan to help overcome your anxiety? I have helped literally 100’s of patients move from avoidance and fear (9-10) score to security and confidence as regular dental patients with healthy teeth. Don’t believe it? Read some of our testimonials. 

So don’t get your feet wet, and don’t let dental problems catch you off guard. We can change your feelings about dental treatment and keep you from drowning in the waves of dental disease.

-Dr. Robbie R. Hamblin, DMD. 

Office Hours

Office Hours:
8:00 – 5:00 Monday-Thursday
9:00-12:00 Friday's
Call: (208) 461.2600 or email for an Appointment

Office Location

Dr. Robbie R. Hamblin, DMD
351 West Iowa
Nampa, Idaho 83686