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By Dean S. Arashiro, DDS, MS, LTD
July 17, 2014
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Understanding Your Dental Anxiety

Do you ever feel anxious before your dental appointments?  Do you find yourself avoiding a dental appointment because of fear?  Some people don’t look forward to dental appointments any more than they look forward to visits to their physician.  Most dental procedures are not painful, but just being examined can make people feel stressed.  At S Wakea Ave Kahului, HI, your periodontist in Kahului, we strive to help you feel relaxed at every visit to our office.
Dental anxiety is very common, but it is a fear that can easily be managed, and even prevented, with the help of your Kahului dentist at S Wakea Ave Kahului, HI.  Whether you are afraid, or your child is, there is a solution for eliminating fear and making dental appointments more comfortable.  People with dental anxiety have a sense of uneasiness about an upcoming dental appointment, and may also have exaggerated worries or fears.  

What is Dental Anxiety?

People with dental anxiety have an awareness that the fear is totally irrational, but are unable to do much to change this.  They may exhibit classic avoidance behavior in which they will do everything possible to avoid going to the dentist.  Other signs may include:
  • Trouble sleeping the night before treatment or an exam
  • Feelings of nervousness that escalate while in the dental office waiting room
  • Crying or feeling physically sick at the thought of visiting the dentist
  • Intense uneasiness at the thought of receiving treatment
With the help of your dentist in Kahului, there are ways to overcome your dental anxiety and dental phobia before your next visit to S Wakea Ave Kahului, HI.