Dental Anxiety

What is dental anxiety?

Dental anxiety describes anxiousness or fear about dental procedures in particular or the dental setting in general. This type of anxiety can harm your oral health by keeping you from making dental visits except in cases of an emergency.


Many people with dental anxiety develop their fear after a bad experience at the dentist. You may also have increased anxiety if you already have an underlying mental health disorder, such as general anxiety, depression, or post-traumatic stress disorder.

Dr. Rapal has experience in treating fearful patients who may find it too difficult to undergo routine cleanings or dental work.



What can I do about dental anxiety?

The most important thing you can do if you suffer from dental anxiety is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Rapal to discuss your fears. She works closely with you to ease your fears ahead of any dental work, so you know what to expect.

With her experience in spiritual psychology, Dr. Rapal has techniques you can use before and during your visit to calm your mind and nerves. She may suggest meditation and deep breathing exercises to relax you. 

You may also wish to bring a distraction with you, such as your favorite music to enjoy during your appointment.

Dr. Rapal’s office also provides a calm and soothing environment. You can enjoy complimentary coffee, tea, and water, as well as a warm neck roll to relieve tension in your neck and shoulders.

What can I expect during my dental appointment?

Knowing what to expect during your appointment can go a long way toward easing your dental anxiety. Before starting your exam, Dr. Rapal spends time speaking with you about your concerns and what scares you about dental treatments. 

During your exam, Dr. Rapal checks for cavities, gum disease, and other oral health issues that may need immediate attention. She can discuss your options for treatment before performing any work. 

If you do need cavities filled, other dental work, or teeth cleaning, Dr. Rapal focuses on making you as comfortable as possible while she completes the work. You can always let her know if you’re experiencing discomfort at any point.  

Dr. Rapal continues to ensure you feel good about the treatment you’re receiving and is happy to answer any questions that lessen your anxiety. 

If dental anxiety has been keeping you away from routine dental care, call the office of Kiran Rapal DDS, Inc. to schedule an appointment, or book one online today.