Gentle Family Dentistry

510 Third Avenue Duncansville, PA 16635


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Are you afraid of the dentist? Many people have some form of anxiety about anything related to dentistry. However, if your fear is keeping you from receiving dental care and it is causing dental problems, it’s time to see your dentist in Central Pennsylvania. Dr. Locker and his team are known for their gentle and caring chair-­side manner and the way they put patients at ease.




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We want you to have the most comfortable, stress-­free dental experience ever. We make sure that you are completely relaxed and comfortable before Dr. Locker begins any procedure. To help relieve anxiety, we use the Wand painless Novocaine delivery system and dental sedation. If you are uncomfortable or anxious any time during treatment, let us know. Dr. Locker will stop treatment immediately and resume only when you are ready.

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patients to make them painless. We do offer absolutely painless Novocaine every time. We got the little computerized item called the wand from Milestone Scientific and it                        

in their lives and if I can offer them a better service with less radiation or less discomfort of any kind, that’s the way I’m going to go. I want to use the best and offer my patients the best.

A lot of the techniques that I do are high tech because of the way that I’ve learned to do them for              

will get you numb painlessly. Most of my patients say they never felt a thing and now we have one in every room, every operatory, even my hygienist can use them. I think that is one of the biggest fears going to a dentist or a doctor, am I going to get a shot. I remember when I was a kid, I hated my doctor because every time I went in there he poked me with something. We switched over the digital x-rays quite a number of years ago, I think about 10 years ago. It offers the same or better quality images with much less radiation. I’m concerned about my patients, about the things that go on                 

About 50% percent of dental patients are afraid of needles and shots. Dr. Locker understands this fear, so he offers an alternative to the usual way of administering local anesthetic. Instead of needles, Dr. Locker uses the Wand, a computerized, Novocaine-­delivery system that minimizes discomfort. The Wand controls the flow of local anesthesia with precision depending on tissue density, so it is delivered slowly and painlessly. Our patients are amazed at how much easier it is to get numb with the Wand than with traditional Novocaine injection.


Dental sedation is the use of medication to help anxious and fearful patients relax during treatment. Sedatives calm the central nervous system to relieve anxiety, eliminate fear and pain sensations. Sedatives can be inhaled (nitrous oxide sedation) or taken by mouth (Halcyon, Valium and others). The best sedation method depends on your level of fear, general health and other factors.

At Gentle Family Dentistry, there is no reason to dread your next dental appointment. Schedule an appointment today with your Duncansville, PA, dentist to learn more.