Dental Anxiety and Our Office

Dental Anxiety and Our OfficeIf you get nervous or feel uneasy before dental appointments, you’re not alone. Perhaps you are scared the visit may hurt or you are worried about what the dentist may find.

Dental anxiety is a common mental health condition that affects 40 million Americans every year. Though it is normal to feel some degree of unease with dentists, dental anxiety is used to describe intense feelings of fear, stress, or unease while thinking about the dentist or while being in a dental setting.

For some, dental anxiety can result in avoiding or delaying treatment. If severe enough, dental anxiety can progress into dental phobia leading to the complete avoidance of dentists and their practice.

We understand and acknowledge your concerns and anxiety. We will work with you to ease your fears so that you can feel comfortable during your next appointment.

Symptoms

Though many patients may experience some degree of stress during a dental procedure, patients with dental anxiety can experience feelings of unease at just the thought of a dental appointment. Here are some common symptoms of dental anxiety:

  • Difficulty sitting still
  • Intense unease during examinations or cleanings
  • Low blood pressure
  • Racing heartbeat
  • Strong gag reflex
  • Sweating
  • Visible distress such as crying and signs of panic

These feelings can escalate the night before an appointment or while waiting in the office. Dental anxiety can lead patients to delay dental appointments even if they are in pain or need treatment.

Dental Anxiety and Your Oral Health

It may seem reasonable to skip dental appointments if you are not experiencing any pain when you have dental anxiety. However, avoiding the dentist can lead to the build-up of plaque and untreated dental conditions worsening, requiring more complex treatments later on or the need for emergency dental care.

Postponing dental care and visits can also lead to more intensive dental work, feeding the patient’s dental anxiety and unease.

Routine dental examinations and cleanings help to prevent dental disease and detect problems early on before they progress. This allows for simpler, less invasive, and often more cost-effective treatment options as many dental conditions are preventable.

Causes

For many, the anxiety may stem from fear of pain throughout procedures or the fear of injections. Others may also feel uncomfortable about the physical closeness during appointments or the tools used during procedures and routine examinations.

While the cause of dental anxiety can vary, our approach does not. We acknowledge your anxiety and will work with you so that your mental, emotional, and oral health are taken care of.

How We Can Help

One of the most important things you can do to overcome dental anxiety is to open a dialogue between you and your dentist about your feelings. By letting your dental office, dental hygienist, and dentist know about your anxiety, steps can be taken to reduce your anxiety and unease throughout your dental experiences.

We will adjust how we approach your oral health to better suit your needs and concerns so your experience in our office can be stress-free.

We can establish a signal, such as a raised hand, that will let us know non-verbally during your appointment that you may need to take a break or that you feel uncomfortable. We can also use conscious sedation, nitrous oxide (laughing gas), general anesthesia, or prescribe anxiety medication for added patient comfort.

During procedures or examinations, you may want to use headphones or earplugs to block out the sounds of tools being used. Consider bringing a stress ball so that you occupy your hands during your appointment or practice deep breathing exercises while in our office to lower your stress levels.

Our staff acknowledges dental anxiety and dental phobia in patients and will work with you to ease your feelings of anxiety and discomfort. Together, we will help you to achieve better oral health and a brilliant, long-lasting smile.

For more information on how we can help you with your dental anxiety, contact Sunset Family & Cosmetic Dentistry today.

Our Mission:

We want to be your dentist here in the Miami, FL area.

We have our own independent
in-house dental lab.
Most dental offices send all their laboratory work to outside labs, but here at Sunset Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Ubieta is utilizing an in house lab that fabricates most of our Crowns, Inlays/Onlays and Veneers.

Testimonials

  • Lilianet S. Avatar
    Lilianet S.

    My whole life I have been afraid of the dentist. When they told me o had to remove my wisdom tooth I was already looking for a place with general anesthesia because I was afraid of the process and didn’t wanted to be afraid. A friend of mine talked to me about Dr Ubieta. She promised I wouldn’t feel a thing.

    At the end of the procedure I almost cried. Dr Ubieta was so gentle and nice through the whole process that I felt super comfortable and to be honest I didn’t felt pain at all. Only from the injections with the anesthesia.

    Absolutely going back to get the rest of them out.

    8/11/2020
  • Casey A. Avatar
    Casey A.

    The entire staff is very kind and professional. Everyone is amazing at what they do and they make the experience very pleasant. Dr. Ubieta is very good at what he does and will go above and beyond to make your experience the best one possible. I had all 4 wisdom teeth extracted and the entire staff did the most to make me comfortable and have a smooth procedure. By far the best staff and dental service I’ve ever come across! Highly recommend for any type of dental service!

    8/08/2020
  • Nikolas I. Avatar
    Nikolas I.

    This was my first time attending and they treated me amazing. Everyone was kind and very helpful. They did a great job. Highly recommend!

    1/03/2020
  • Lianet S. Avatar
    Lianet S.

    My experience with Sunset Family & Cosmetic Dentistry has been nothing less than extraordinary! Dr. Ubieta is not a typical dentist, he is highly skilled and very passionate about his profession. He is also well-informed of the latest dental techniques and what treatment is best for me. His staff is one of a kind, they always provide an outstanding service making me feel very comfortable every time I visit the office. I highly recommend Dr. Ubieta and his practice!

    12/05/2019
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    felix &.

    Overall great experience with this practice, great costumer service from the moment I steped in the office they made me feel like family. Advance technology to get procedures done faster than other offices. I highly recommend them to everyone I know.

    1/16/2019

Sunset Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
9777 SW 72nd St, Miami, FL 33173

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(305) 596-2815

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