Almost every person at one time or another has been a little anxious while sitting in the dentist’s chair. It’s only natural. If you think about it, if you were to take any animal, put it on its back, shine a bright light in its face, and dig around in its mouth, you would see some anxiety. Because we humans have a more developed prefrontal cerebral cortex, we can to some degree filter out our natural nervousness in the reclined position. But if a person is more anxiety-prone than others, or if there has been a traumatic dental experience in the past, sitting in the dental chair can be difficult–or to some, almost impossible.

We are thankful that in the last few years, we have many more resources to help our dental clients deal with their dental anxiety. Due to many technologic advances, the procedures themselves are much less uncomfortable than they used to be. Our dental team has undergone extensive training on how to reduce our clients’ anxiety by using various stress reduction protocols. Anxiolytics, such as non-intravenous oral sedatives and nitrous oxide sedation are available for those with a higher level of anxiety. All-in-all, we are happy to work with some extremely nervous patients and provide them comfortable, comprehensive care.

If you’ve been holding off on dental care because of your dental fears, we warmly invite you to come in and talk with us about what we can do to help you have a comfortable dental visit. On your first visit, we can discuss your options in our cozy consultation room –far away from any dental instruments. We feel you will be surprised how easy we can make the experience for you!

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Dr. Kim Okamura

I'm Dr. Kim Okamura and this blog is a product of my love of dentistry. I dedicate it to all the patients I have served so that they may better understand my craft. The information here will give you and others the power to maintain and protect one of your most priceless gifts ... your SMILE.