Category: Dental Anxiety

People sometimes feel stress about going to the dentist. Dental anxiety is the term for the fear of dental care or of dental professionals. It and dental phobia are both types of dental stress.

Many factors can cause dental anxiety. The effects or symptoms may include diverse behaviors and can lead to complications. Treatment options include prescription drugs and meds such as laughing gas, nitrous oxide, valium, and xanax. Learn more below…


You Know You Need To See A Dentist When…

November 16th, 2015 by

Sharp pain in your mouth is a sure sign that you need to see a dentist, but it is not always a reliable indicator of trouble. Regular checkups offer the best way to avoid the discomfort that often occurs when […]


My Scariest Dental Experience

October 23rd, 2015 by

I was born with dental anxiety, and I’ve had it all my life. Growing up, trips to the dentist involved being poked with sharp instruments while the dentist looked for cavities. A cavity meant submitting to the drill and enduring […]


My Great Dental Experience

October 12th, 2015 by

The Scary Root Canal That Turned Out Fabulous One scary childhood experience at the dentist office left me refusing sugary treats, brushing after every bite of food or drink of anything other than water and flossing twice a day for […]


The Dental Dad: Donating to Dracula

February 11th, 2015 by
Hector, the vampire

It all started with a call to a Transylvania outreach program for reformed vampires… A little over two years ago, my then nine year old son, Theo, had to get two teeth pulled, his “canines”, or fangs as they say […]


Dental Anxiety and Kids: Parents, Caregivers, Dentists All Play a Role

December 18th, 2014 by

Unfortunately, not every kid with dental phobia can be put at ease by a dentist who dresses up as the tooth fairy. And not every father has the comic skill and parental panache to turn Hermie’s horrifying dentistry in the 1964 […]


Dental Phobia

January 13th, 2012 by
Dental phobia may be dangerous to your health.

If the mere mention of the word “dentist” makes you tense, you’re not alone. As many as 20% of Americans have said they avoid going to the dentist altogether due to anxiety or fear. Fortunately, there are many different ways […]