Exploring Dental Anxiety

What is Dental Anxiety?

Dental anxiety is often used interchangeably with dental fear, although they are two distinct concepts. While dental fear can induce full-blown panic attacks, nausea, and dread, the symptoms of dental anxiety include:

  • Apprhension
  • Uneasiness
  • An overwhelming feeling of apprehension and concern often accompanied by physiological symptoms such as rapid heartbeat, sweating, mood swings, and tension

Dr. Alex Denes recognizes that while dental anxiety is not as severe a problem as dental fear, it can still negatively impact your ability and willingness to seek professional dental care.

Respecting Our Anxious Patients

Do you become increasingly apprehensive as your general dentist appointment approaches? As you are driving to your dentist’s office, do you experience physical symptoms such as a racing heartbeat, sweating, and dry mouth? Do you have the urge to turn your car in the opposite direction and escape? If these descriptions sound like you, there’s no reason to be embarrassed — you are not alone. Being afraid of the dentist is common. In some people, though, this anxiety is extreme enough that they avoid regular preventive treatment and procedures that they desperately need to improve their oral health.

Oral Sedation and Dental Anxiety

When you visit Fresno Dental Studio, Dr. Denes will evaluate your state of anxiety and take a complete medical history to make sure you do not have any contraindications that might interact with anti-anxiety medication. Then prescribe a course of oral sedation that will melt away your fears and calm your nerves. You will enter a dreamlike state and won’t be thoroughly aware that the dental procedure is going on. When the oral sedative wears off several hours after your appointment, you will become fully aware and present again. The only “side-effect” you’ll be left with is a healthier mouth. You may be afraid of the dentist, but don’t let that stop you from taking proper care of your teeth and gums.

Afraid of the Dentist? We Can Change That.

Using safe, effective sedation dentistry, Fresno general dentist Dr. Alex Denes can calm even the most fearful or nervous patients, so they are able to move forward with preventive, restorative, and cosmetic dental care. If you or someone you love is afraid of the dentist, contact our Fresno dentist office at (559) 297-1800 to schedule an appointment. Fresno Dental Studio proudly serves patients in Fresno and surrounding areas including Clovis, Madera, and Sanger.