Why Are You Scared of the Dentist?

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While a majority of Americans don’t necessarily look forward to going to the dentist, there is a notable percentage (15%) that suffer from true dental anxiety. Dental anxiety, also called dental fear or dental phobia, is a real condition. Unfortunately, it can be the obstacle that keeps someone from getting the dental are they need and deserve.

There are many reasons why a patient may experience anxiety about the dental office. However, today’s dental offices are not the same as they were in past decades. Before you decide to give up on professional dental care due to your fear, we invite you to discover what a modern dentist can offer to help you feel at ease.

A Modern Dentist Promotes Patient Comfort

At Peninsula Cosmetic & Family Dentistry, we have created an office that feels like home. From our soothing amenities to our painless dental technology, we have your comfort in mind at every step of your dental visit. For anxious patients, we also provide sedation dentistry, which can put you in a deep state of relaxation and contentment while you are in the dental chair. Some of our sedation options, such as Nitrous Oxide, are safe for kids and adults and won’t cause lingering side effects.

Reasons for Dental Anxiety

Why are you feeling so anxious or fearful about the dentist? Here are some common reasons:

  • Fear of Pain
  • Fear of the Unknown or Not Being in Control
  • Needles or Sharp Dental Instruments
  • Sensitive Gag Reflex
  • Noises, Sounds and Smells of the Dentist (drills, latex, etc)
  • Poor Dental Experience as Child
  • Embarrassed about your oral health

Regardless of the reason why you are hesitant to attend your dental appointments, we want to help. At Peninsula Cosmetic & Family Dentistry, we can redefine the way you feel about going to the dentist. Call our Charleston office today.

Posted on behalf of Peninsula Cosmetic & Family Dentistry

538 Savannah Hwy
Charleston, SC 29407

Phone: (843) 507-5481

FAX: (843) 577-4653


Monday - Thursday 8am - 5pm
Lunch break: 1pm - 2pm

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Absolutely phenomenal dental office. Not only are the dentists outstanding at their craft but, like every person in the office, they are incredibly friendly and genuine. And that is so important. I earnestly recommend Peninsula if you are looking for the highest quality care, expertise and, equally important, quality people. I would give them 10 stars if I could.
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The BEST dentist. Megan the hygienist is always so professional and thorough! Every time I have a visit here the staff from the front desk to back are always so efficient and courteous. Dr. McPherson is an amazing dentist and always takes time to explain everything in a way that makes sense. I will only go to Peninsula for all my dental needs!
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Excellent staff and excellent experience from entering until leaving. Dr. McPherson is terrific!! Her assistant Kate is very knowledgeable and caring. I felt like I had two dentist attending to me. This was my first visit to this practice. I’ll always remain a patient due to my experience
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Meet Our Doctors

Dr. James B. Wisner

Dr. James B. Wisner was raised in Charleston and attended Porter-Gaud High School. He graduated from The Honors College at The University of South Carolina in 1996 and received his D.M.D. degree in 2002 from the Medical University of South Carolina’s College of Dental Medicine.

Dr. Wisner served in Las Vegas, Nevada and Spangdahlem, Germany as a Captain in the United States Air Force for three years where he completed an AEGD residency and was certified in Intravenous Conscious Sedation.

Dr. Caitlin McPherson

Dr. Caitlin McPherson was born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina. A graduate of Porter Gaud High School, she went on to receive her Bachelors of Science from Clemson University’s Calhoun Honors College. Dr. McPherson earned her Doctorate of Dental Medicine from the Medical University of South Carolina’s College of Dental Medicine. She is an active member of The American Dental Association and The Academy of General Dentistry.

Dr. McPherson performs all aspects of general dentistry and is Invisalign certified. Dr. McPherson especially enjoys treating pediatric patients.


538 Savannah Hwy
Charleston, SC 29407

Phone (843) 507-5481
Fax (843) 577-4653

Opening Hours

Monday - Thursday 8am - 5pm
Lunch break: 1pm - 2pm

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