Let’s be honest: Going to the dentist doesn’t exactly make anybody’s top 10 ways to spend their day in Cincinnati. In fact, many people experience a great deal of anxiety before a dental appointment, and some might even suffer from legitimate dental phobia, similar to a fear of heights or enclosed spaces. Whether you have a full-blown phobia, some lingering anxiety, or are like most people and just don’t look forward to going to the dentist, gentle dentistry can be very beneficial. But what exactly is it? It means a variety of things to different people, but in general it is a philosophy of dentistry where the patient’s comfort is a primary consideration. While some discomfort may be necessary, pain can be minimized through numbing medication, laughing gas, and even just a more gentle and soothing approach.