Helping patients manage dental fears

Oct. 11, 2021
Dr. David Rice, chief editor of DentistryIQ, gets real about dental fears and how professionals can help patients through them.

Recently, we shared an article about patient fears and dental anxiety. From avoiding care to crying uncontrollably in the chair, up to 75% of patients are estimated to have some form of "dental dread."

What's a dental pro's best approach to helping patients get the care they need? It starts with being honest, says Dr. David Rice, chief editor of DentistryIQ.

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Founder of the nation’s largest student and new-dentist community, igniteDDS, David R. Rice, DDS, travels the world speaking, writing, and connecting today’s top young dentists with tomorrow’s most successful dental practices. He is the editorial director of DentistryIQ and leads a team-centered, restorative and implant practice in East Amherst, New York. With 27 years of practice in the books, Dr. Rice is trained at the Pankey Institute, the Dawson Academy, Spear Education, and most prolifically at the school of hard knocks. Contact him at [email protected].