Arizona Advanced Dentistry: Donald Clifford, DDS

Dr. Donald Clifford Offers No Fear Dentistry

Often, dental patients feel nervous merely from the thought of visiting the dentist. Some patients have avoided dental cleanings or preventive dental care because of fear.


Mesa, AZ -- (SBWIRE) -- 03/28/2014 -- Apprehension in the area of dental treatment is a typical phobia. Half of the population is nervous regarding a visit to the dentist or having dental treatments. “All of our staff has many years of experience in taking good care of the needs and concerns of our more fearful patients,” states Dr. Clifford. “If all you want us to do is merely sit down and talk about any worries you may have during a scheduled visit, we will be happy to do that – you being at ease throughout the appointment is a top priority.”

The list is long of the most typical dental fears which include: Fear of being embarrassed about the condition of their teeth, fear of gagging, fear of injections and not becoming numb when injected with Novocain. Other fears are of the dental professional as a person, fear of the drill, fear of the unknown and fear of dental noises and smells. Our office has also been specially built to put you at ease by getting rid of most of the sights, noises and smells of a normal dental office.

Dr. Clifford and the Arizona Advanced Dental team have comfort treatment options and effective sedation capabilities. “We can provide many levels of comfort and begin with a topical solution that ‘pre-numbs’ the injection area. Then the local anesthesia is used to completely numb the area being treated,” says Dr. Clifford. This temporarily blocks feeling to the nerve and should last one to two hours or longer. Another sedation type is Nitrous Oxide Gas. Almost all dentists agree that nitrous oxide gas (laughing gas) is especially useful for dental phobic patients.

Ways to help reduce dental fear and anxiety include: Talking to Dr. Clifford despite the fact that it may be challenging to discuss fears with a complete stranger. He will take added steps during appointments if fears and stress are communicated. Tips from Dr. Clifford include bringing an iPod to your appointment. Music will act as a relaxant as well as drowning out any fear-producing noises. A lot of people are frightened the dentist will not likely know they are in considerable pain during the appointment, but will carry on the treatment regardless. The easiest way to fix this issue is to decide on a “stop” hand sign with the dentist and use a sore throat spray that can actually control the gag response.

About Arizona Advanced Dental
Arizona Advanced Dental takes your fears seriously and is also dedicated to offering a dental experience that can improve your dental health and lower your dental anxieties. Call our office at 480-820-6080 should you have any concerns or questions. Dr. Clifford has studied Temporal Mandibular Dysfunction (TMD), completed a “Comprehensive Esthetic Residency” that included many hours of advanced training in cosmetic dentistry and bonding. Dr. Clifford completed a second residency program in full mouth reconstruction. He is certified in laser dentistry, a member of the American Dental Association, the Central Arizona Dental Society, and the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.