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Tips For Overcoming Dental Anxiety

For many people, just the thought of visiting the dentist can trigger feelings of fear and anxiety.

Dental anxiety is super common, and unfortunately, is the reason many patients don’t come in for regular check-ups. The lack of consistent oral care will lead to build-up and prevent your dentist from catching problems before they become severe, making your eventual necessary trip to the dentist potentially far more uncomfortable. 

Overcoming dental anxiety and committing to regular check-ups will make your experience at the dentist far more comfortable and enjoyable. Here are some tips to overcome your dental anxiety and refamiliarize yourself with visits to the dentist: 

Communicate With Your Dentists to Overcome Dental Anxiety

Don’t be afraid to speak up! Communicate openly with your dentist about your fears and concerns so they can tailor their approach to accommodate your needs. The right dentist will be compassionate and understanding, taking the time to listen to you and address your anxieties surrounding visits to the dentist. 

Practice Relaxation Techniques

Practicing mindfulness and breathing techniques before and during your visit may help to overcome dental anxiety because they will calm your nerves and reduce feelings of stress. 

Before your check-up/procedure is underway, agree upon a signal with your dentist that lets your dentist know you need to take a break. Should you begin to feel your stress levels rising during the appointment, simply signal to your dentist and apply your preferred relaxation technique to regulate your breathing, bring down your heart rate, or simply take a break. 

Try Gradual Exposure

If you find your dental anxiety is more severe and it has been a long time since your last visit, it is completely fine to begin refamiliarizing yourself with the dentist by taking baby steps. You could begin with a consultation or a short, non-invasive appointment, and gradually work your way up to more complex treatments as you begin to feel more comfortable. 

Remember, you’re not alone in experiencing dental anxiety, and there are resources and support available to help you overcome it. Our team at Austin Station Dental is here to help you. We are committed to accommodating your needs and helping you feel as comfortable as possible during your visits to the dentist. 

It’s never too late to start your oral care journey. Call us to set up a visit so the team at Austin Station Dental in Coquitlam, BC, can help you overcome your dental anxiety.

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Why You Should Have Regular Dental Check Ups

As our day-to-day lives become busier and busier, it’s easy to let regular check-ups at the dentist fall at the bottom of our list of priorities. That said, maintaining good oral health is essential to our well-being.

Committing to regular dental check-ups is the easiest way to keep your smile healthy and prevent serious damage down the road. Here are just a few reasons you should have regular dental check ups.

Early Detection of Dental Issues

Regular checkups allow your dentist to identify and address potential problems early on. Issues such as cavities, gum disease, or oral infections can be detected and treated before they become severe. Early treatment of these issues not only prevents further complications, but saves you time, discomfort, and possible expenses in the long run.

Prevention of Tooth Decay and Gum Disease

During check-ups, your dentist will remove plaque and tartar buildup on your teeth, which can lead to tooth decay and gum disease if left untreated for too long. Regular cleanings help prevent these issues and avoids the need for more invasive treatments later on.

Improve Confidence and Well-Being

Maintaining a healthy smile is an easy way to boost your confidence and improve your quality of life. Regular check-ups help to ensure your smile is bright and beautiful, giving you the confidence to show it off.

Don’t wait to prioritize your oral health! Our team at Austin Street Dental is here to help you maintain a healthy, radiant smile. Call 604-931-6111 or visit our website to make a booking request.

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Thank you clients for the great Google reviews 2024

I am very picky with dentists and I can confidently say that Dr. Booth is AMAZING! Patti and April are awesome hygienists and everyone at this clinic are simply the best. My teens and I have been coming here for many years for checkup, fillings and/or cleaning and we always leave happy. Highly recommend Austin Station Dental!

-Yossra El

-Yossra El

I went in to get a filling for a cavity on one of my front teeth. The dentist did a great job. It matches the rest of the tooth perfectly. The staff were extremely friendly and welcoming. Very reasonable prices as far as I can tell.

I was a new patient and really appreciated that Dr. Booth did the exam as well as the repair in the same visit. They even squeezed me in for the most thorough cleaning I’ve ever had. I feel I really lucked out choosing this dental clinic. I will definitely return for more dental work in the future!

-Chris Botell

I had Patty for a cleaning. She was amazing. We talked like gal pals which made me feel so comfortable. I know it’s a talent to do that and maintain professionalism. Reception and the dentist were attentive and super kind. It feels like a great place to work and therefore a great place to go as a patient. Thanks team for all your hard work!

-Marinette Legaspi

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Thank you for the great Google Reviews 2023

We had some great reviews recently and wanted to say ‘thank you’ to our clients and team for working so well together on providing quality dental care in Coquitlam: 

“From the receptionist to the dentist they work hard to make you feel comfortable and relaxed. The dentist always tries to do what is best for the patient. He has always given me multiple options on necessary treatment. All in all I have never had a bad experience at Austin station Dental. I would highly recommend them to anyone looking for Quality Dental Care.”

-David Squatch Ward

“Five stars! “

– Thomas Semple

“Great first visit! Would definitely recommend to friends and family.”

– DS Rai

“The best dental office in Coquitlam!”

-Tony March

“10/10 this clinic is warm and engaging to go to and I never felt pressured to do any procedures; they’re very honest with you when it comes to that.”

-Rex Wortman

Thank you dear clients and our amazing team!

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What to Look for in a Toothbrush

Everyone knows we should brush our teeth a few times a day, and yet we often forget to
consider what we are using to get the job done. There are specific toothbrush characteristics
that are critical to maintain healthy teeth and gums, ensuring we do more good than harm.
Here are a few things to look for when shopping for your next toothbrush:

  1. Soft Bristles: Dentists often recommend toothbrushes with soft bristles to prevent gum
    irritation and enamel damage. Soft bristles effectively remove plaque and debris
    without causing harm to the teeth and gums.
  2. Small Head Size: A toothbrush with a small head size is preferable as it allows for better
    maneuverability and access to hard-to-reach areas, such as the back molars.
  3. Comfortable Handle: Look for a toothbrush with a comfortable grip or handle that fits
    well in your hand. This makes it easier to control the brush and maintain proper
    brushing technique. Children’s toothbrushes with smaller
    handles can be important here!
  4. Canadian Dental Association Seal of Acceptance: The Canadian Dental Association evaluates toothbrushes and awards its Seal to those that meet their safety and efficacy
    standards. Choosing a toothbrush or product with this seal is a good idea. See list on CDA website>>
  5. Manual or Electric: Both manual and electric toothbrushes can be effective, and electric
    toothbrushes often offer additional benefits. They may have built-in timers to
    encourage brushing for the recommended two minutes, and some models feature
    oscillating or rotating brush heads that can enhance plaque removal.
  6. Replaceable Heads (for electric toothbrushes): If you opt for an electric toothbrush,
    consider choosing one with replaceable brush heads. This allows you to replace only the
    bristle portion instead of the entire toothbrush, making it more cost-effective and
    environmentally friendly.
    Remember, it’s important to consult with your dentist for personalized recommendations
    based on your specific oral health needs. Talk to us today at our Coquitlam dental office – we are here to help provide you an exceptional dental experience.
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Austin Station Dental Won Best Dentist Tri-Cities!

Austin Station Dental won the A-list Best Dentist in Tri-Cities! Thank you! Whether you’re in Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam or Port Moody, we are happy to serve you! We have flexible hours Monday-Saturday, and offer a range of dental services from general dental care and check-ups to fillings, root canals and dental implants. We also provide pediatric dentistry services for our young patients. Dr. Iqbal Kathrada, Dr. Ryan Booth and Dr. Charlotte Lee and team look forward to seeing you. We also offer emergency dental care, so if you have a broken tooth or a persistent toothache, we can help you on evenings and weekends.

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Thank you for the great reviews!

We had some great reviews recently and wanted to say ‘thank you’ to our clients and team for working so well together on providing quality dental care in Coquitlam: 

“The appointment was on time and very efficiently managed, I always feel empathy for the procedure and enjoy being well cared for, with easy opportunity for follow-up and support.”


“Have been going here for a few years now and they are very professional. I go in for a cleaning every 6 months and ask specifically for Christina as she is very gentle, quick and knowledgable about her work. Haven’t had a bad experience yet hence why I will be returning to them with any work needing to be done. Good job Austin dental group!”

-Jesse Broderick

“Finally at the age of 53 I have found a dentist and dental hygienist that truly cares, is pain-free, respectful and as crazy as it sounds, they make the visit fun with their fantastic sense of humour. I especially recommend for women, youth and children.”

– Lynn Goodine

“The team at Austin Dental is friendly and it’s always a pleasure to visit them. Doctor Koo is very experienced and a heart of that place. Thank you for all the care we get as a family, myself, my spouse and two boys are very happy with you. Keep up the good work! “

-Elxan Nuhiyev

Thank you dear clients and our amazing team!

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COVID-19 Health Plan

To our Valued Patients,

We hope this letter finds you and your family in good health.

We thank you for your patience and understanding with our limited ability to provide dental services during the COVID-19 pandemic. With the start of Phase 2, British Columbia and our regulatory bodies have approved us to resume non-emergency dental services.

As such, as of May 25th, our office has started to provide limited dental services with a gradual return to “dental normalcy”.

Although our office has always utilized the highest standards exceeding both BCCDC and CDSBC guidelines, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are implementing the following additional protocols/instructions to enhance your safety:

  1. Pre-screening prior to appointments and again at the entrance to the office, on the day of your appointment.
  2. Please notify us upon your arrival to the building but stay in your vehicle and a staff member will then give you further instructions on how to proceed.
  3. Temperature checks at the beginning of your appointment.
  4. Maintain appropriate physical distancing (6 feet or 2 meters) and limit accompanying personnel (caregivers / parents / guardians) to a maximum of 1 person (only if needed). They should wait for you in their car or outside the building. If your accompaniment needs to join you at your appointment, they will also need to answer the pre-appointment screening questions.
  5. We have installed plexiglass barriers in the reception area and have also removed all non-essential items (i.e. magazines).
  6. Hand sanitizer stations are available throughout the office.
  7. You will be provided with an oral rinse before each appointment and asked to wash hands, prior to being seated.
  8. All staff are required to hand-wash or hand-sanitize before and after all appointments.
  9. All staff will undergo daily screening for COVID, along with twice daily temperature checks.
  10. We have installed enhanced air purification devices and aerosol capturing and decontaminating devices.
  11. We have implemented enhanced disinfection/decontamination protocols with specialized equipment.
  12. Enhanced personal protective equipment (this may include surgical gowns, face shields, scrub caps, and of course masks and gloves) are worn by our staff during all procedures.
  13. Increased “Tap” limits for all Visa/Interac payments to allow “contactless” exit from the office.
  14. An Interac eDeposit option has been added for convenient bill payment by email to

Some of these measures may change as we understand more about the novel coronavirus, but in the meantime, these protocols are based on the most current available information/guidelines from the College of Dental Surgeons of BC, BC Centre for Disease Control, Office of the Provincial Health Officer and WorkSafe BC.

Again, we thank you for patience with us, during this time and we look forward to seeing you again or meeting you for the first time as we implement the aforementioned strategies to help keep everyone safe.


Austin Station Dental Team.

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Dentist accepting new patients in Coquitlam

Austin Station Dental: Dentist Accepting New Patients in Coquitlam

Coquitlam dentists Dr. Iqbal Kathrada, and Dr. Charlotte Lee are the dentists at Austin Station Dental and are supported by a team of wonderful and experienced dental office staff.


We welcome you to come and join our friendly and professional dental office. Our admin staff are very efficient and experienced and our dentists have a vast combined knowledge and skill set and are dedicated to providing the highest quality of dental care to each and every patient.

We are located in Austin Station on the third floor above Thrifty Foods. There is free parking and lots of handy shops and restaurants at Austin Station – Suite 20-2662 Austin Ave. Coquitlam.

Coquitlam dentist Dr. Kathrada

Dr. Kathrada is the founder and principal dentist at Austin Station Dental (previously My Coquitlam Dentist). He completed a Bachelors of Science in Biochemistry with honours at the University of Victoria and completed his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from UBC in 2004 and has been in full time practice since 2005 after completing several residencies. Dr. Kathrada is dedicated to keeping up with the latest in technology to ensure that his patients receive the highest quality dental care and most comfortable dental experience possible. We even use digital dental x-rays which are instant, provide much clearer and more detailed images; and transmit much lower doses of radiation!

Coquitlam Dentist Dr. Lee

Dr. Charlotte Lee has proudly been serving the Coquitlam, Vancouver, and Fraser Valley communities as a general dentist.  Dr. Lee completed her Doctorate of Dental Surgery (DDS) as well as masters in Public Health (MPH) and Experimental Pathology (MS) at the University of Southern California, where she received multiple academic awards including membership into the highly prestigious dental honor society Omicron Kappa Upsilon, and awards for her contribution to Community Dentistry and Public Health by the American Association of Public Health Dentistry. Read more>>

Directions to Our Dental Office in Coquitlam

Our dental office also serves the surrounding areas and provide directions to our office from each location here:

DirectionsDentist serving Surrey, Dentist serving Burnaby, Dentist serving New Westminster, Dentist serving Port Coquitlam, Dentist serving Maple Ridge, Dentist serving Pitt Meadows and Dentist serving Port Moody.

If you are looking for a dentist accepting new patients in Coquitlam, please call or visit our Coquitlam dentists office to set up your appointment today!

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Advantages of Flossing Every Day

Did you know that the inventor of dental floss believed that flossing is the most important part of oral care? It’s true. Dental floss was invented in 1851 by a New Orleans dentist named Levi Parmly.

The theory is that the matter between the teeth is the actual source of dental disease. Flossing will clean the area between the teeth, thus preventing plaque buildup that can possible lead to cavities and gum disease. Importantly, it is recommended that teeth are flossed prior to tooth brushing, because then the fluoride from the toothpaste can access the area between the teeth.

Of course, flossing provides obvious benefit of having a nice clean smile and fresh breath! The self-confidence a clean and health smile can bring is priceless. As well, good oral care habits will help to prevent costly dental procedures down the road.

Read more of our posts on Tips for Oral Health. Or, to learn more about the advantages of flossing every day come on in and see us at our dentist office in Coquitlam, BC! We offer flexible hours we even have evening and weekend dental appointments available.

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