Gentle Dental at Grand River Avenue
13874 West Grand River Avenue, Detroit, MI 48227

Winning the War Against Dental Anxiety


There is no shortage of individuals for whom the prospect of visiting the dentist is a truly terrifying proposition. Neglecting proper dental care due to dental fear can have very serious consequences on an individual’s overall health. However, because the underlying causes of dental anxiety are common to most sufferers, they can be effectively addressed by a skilled dentist and conquered with relative ease.

The fear of the unknown is an underlying cause of dental anxiety for countless individuals. Not knowing what sorts of problems a routine examination might reveal can cause some people to experience a feeling of uneasiness they would much rather avoid. Concerns over potential discomfort, inconvenience, and expense stemming from cavities and/or gum disease that may be discovered keep many people at home. The good news is that a strong commitment to dental care on a daily basis can go a long way toward reducing the likelihood of such unpleasant surprises. The confidence that comes from good oral hygiene practices can stop dental anxiety in its tracks.

Another common trigger for those with serious dental anxiety has to do with the sights and sounds of the tools used by dentists to perform procedures and examinations. Dental drills in particular seem to have the ability to cause a great deal of nervousness among such patients. Those suffering from severe dental anxiety may prefer to seek practitioners skilled in the use of air abrasion, thus eliminating the need for drills. Otherwise, simply spending some time becoming familiar with the tools that are to be used, the sounds they make, and their specific applications can work wonders for any patient with dental fear.

If the prospect of sitting in a dental chair fearfully trying to anticipate the dentist’s next move is simply too nerve-racking to contemplate, it may be best for some patients to simply plug in some headphones, listen to soothing music, and escape to someplace far away. Those with serious dental anxiety can take comfort in the fact that dentists everywhere are far more sensitive to their fears than ever before. Being honest and forthright about dental anxiety is the best way to alert a dentist to the situation so that they can take extra steps to alleviate dental fear and provide the most comfortable experience possible.

To get the dental care you deserve from an affordable dentist in Detroit, call Gentle Dental at Grand River Avenue today at (313) 651-7260 or make an appointment.

Gentle Dental offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Detroit. With 8 affiliated practices throughout Michigan, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Gentle Dental at Grand River Avenue, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Gentle Dental at Grand River Avenue.

Read What Our Patients Say
Patient Reviews
Very nice place staff was very polite they made me feel vey comfortable. I would recommend them anytime.
Terrence S.
The staff was very nice. Little Don is the best dental assistant I could’ve asked for and Dr. Patel was very kind and informative. The front staff was respectful but they could pick up the pace of […]
Danielle C.
Very courteous and professional
Jasmine W.
Everyone was polite and helpful!….
Jeffraisha H.
Professional and fast service.
Michael J.
My daughter was in and out in 30 mins, no waiting
Adrianna W.
The dentist and dental assistant are always awesome and puts me at ease.
Tammi A.
This dentist is wonderful. They take out time explain and talk to you. They have great attitudes. They scheduled my appointments great and they call and text to remind you. They are so on point. I […]
Kida B.
Excellent dental office ❤️
Shanita S.
Teon W.
Cause they had great customer service in took care all my needs without any problems..
Camille C.
Very efficient practice!……
J H.
Staff friendly. No waiting for a long time. Dr explain so I would understand what was going on with my teeth
Theodosia J.
I think that Doctor P and Donelle make a great Team they get me in and out with no problem Gentle Dental has came along way thanks to them
Alaina H.
Dr. Patel and Don are very efficient. When scheduled for services, you are taken care of in a timely manner. Also he takes the time to explain what he is is doing. I am glad he’s my dentist.
Tracy M.
Ur service is very good and fast
Jurney W.
Very pleasant employees… Been coming here for years and don’t regret my decision. Love this office and staff!
Allen G.
Thank you Mr. Ward, Ms. B and Dr. Patel for giving me my smile back. Seeing my children’s faces light up was priceless.
Yvette P.
Dr. Patel and little Don his assistant was very nice, informative, and patient. Explain everything thoroughly and made me very comfortable. I would recommend this office to anyone. Very satisfied […]
Brandi H.
Nice and friendly place clean no long wait and trustworthy people👌Dr Duan and her Assistant tawanna are the best👌
Jamira D.
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We accept most insurance plans and will be happy to help you understand the coverage that you have. We will do our best to see that you receive your maximum insurance benefits for all covered services.

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Office Hours
  • Monday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Thursday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Saturday 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Sunday Closed
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  • Phone: (313) 651-7260
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