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Overcoming Dental Anxiety

A common cause of anxiety is the fear of dental appointments.

 The comfort, relaxation and happiness of the patient are the most important things to us here at Palencia Dental.  We will do whatever they can to reduce anxiety, reduce fears and provide painless, quick treatments.

Recent technological advancements mean that in many cases we are able to replace noisy drills with painless laser beams.  There are also a wide variety of safe anesthetics available to eliminate pain and reduce anxiety while you are in our office.

Here is a list of some of the most common dental fears:

  • Embarrassment about the condition of teeth.
  • Gagging.
  • Injections.
  • Fear of not becoming numb when injected with Novocain.
  • Pain.
  • Fear of the dentist as a person.
  • Fear of the drill.


Here are some tips to help reduce dental fear and anxiety:

Talk to Dr. Kinsey –   Though it can be hard to talk about irrational fears with a stranger, Dr. Kinsey can take extra precautions during visits if she understands that fears and anxiety are an issue.

Bring your portable music player – Music can help you relax and also drowns out any fear producing noises.  Listening to your favorite music throughout the appointment will help to reduce anxiety.

Stop signal – If you are afraid that Dr. Kinsey will not know that you are in significant pain during the appointment, talk to her about a “stop” hand signal so she can stop and talk about what you are experiencing.

Throat sprays – Throat sprays like Vicks®  or Chloraseptic®  can help control the gag reflex.  Two or three sprays can keep the reflex under control for about an hour.

Look in the mirror – Not being able to see what is happening can increase anxiety and make the imagination run wild, so ask Dr. Kinsey to let you use a mirror.

Sedation – Sedation offers an excellent option for many people.  Even though there are several types of sedation, the patient regains their faculties after treatment is complete.

Alternative methods – Advances in technology mean that dental microsurgery is now an option. Lasers can be used to prepare teeth for fillings, whiten teeth and remove staining.  Discuss all the options with Dr. Kinsey and decide on one that will work best for you.

Please call us here at Palencia Dental so we can talk about your concerns.  Our office number is 904-826-4343.

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