Dental Anxiety

Dr. Julie Pruneski

October 6, 2011


Dental anxiety is common among most of our patients. According to the Journal of the American Dental Association, “An estimated 35 million Americans experience significant apprehension about dental procedures, while an additional 10 to 12 million are considered to be “dental phobic” and avoid needed dental care altogether” (J Am Dent Assoc, Vol 133, No 1, 82-88.). From thinking about the dental procedure the night before to sitting in the dental chair in the middle of a crown preparation, fear and anxiety can take over at any point.

Having had my share of dental work, I sympathize with every one of you. The helpless feeling of laying in the chair and holding as still as you can is almost unbearable. There are some ways to help deal with the stress of the situation.

  • Nitrous oxide: Almost everyone is a candidate for nitrous oxide- commonly referred to as “laughing gas.” This gas is administered along with oxygen through a mask that fits over your nose. Breathing in the nitrous oxide will help you feel calm during the dental procedure and wears off when we have you breathe oxygen after your procedure is over.
  • Music: Some people bring their own MP3 players to listen to music during their dental procedure. This can help distract you from the work that is going on in your mouth.
  • Oral sedation: Some people with severe anxiety may be prescribed an oral sedative to help them relax during a dental procedure. Since all medications affect people differently, we always ask that you schedule you appointment on a day off and have an escort to bring you to and from your appointment.

For your next dental appointment, make sure to let us know if you have any anxiety and we will discuss your options. We are here to provide you the best dental care possible in a caring, gentle way. Give us a call today to reserve your next appointment (440-282-2023).

Dr. Julie Pruneski and the staff at Whispering Pines Dental are located at 690 Cooper Foster Park in Lorain. Contact us at 440-282-2023 or our contact form. Check us out on facebook at

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