The Dental Center of Granger
12840 SR 23, Granger, IN 46530

Understanding Dental Anxiety

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Dental anxiety and dental phobia are serious problems that affect up to 15 percent of Americans. Although most dental procedures aren’t painful, the mere thought of an examination can trigger symptoms that cause many people to avoid getting the dental care they need to stay healthy. Signs of dental fear include insomnia the night before an appointment, nervousness in the waiting room, crying or extreme fear. Physical symptoms like nausea, stomach pain, headache, dizziness, sweating, shortness of breath, and tremor may also occur.

Simple Fear of Dentist vs. Serious Phobia

Simple anxiety over seeing the dentist shouldn’t be confused with dental phobia. While most people can tolerate anxiety symptoms, phobia symptoms may be disabling. A phobia causes more intense effects such as full-blown panic attacks and irrational thoughts or actions. People with dental phobia are at higher risk for gum disease and tooth loss, and they may even have poor general health because of dental neglect. Fortunately, both conditions can be treated once the cause is determined.

Causes of Dental Anxiety

  • Fear of pain the most common cause of dental anxiety. It is especially common in adults who experienced pain during dental procedures before modern pain-free techniques were prevalent.
  • Loss of control and feelings of helplessness can fuel dental fear. In a dentist’s chair, many people feel confined and unable to predict or control what is happening to them. These perceptions can trigger anxiety and panic symptoms.
  • For some, embarrassment or self-consciousness about the condition of their teeth or possible bad breath causes feelings of dread. Dental treatments require unusually close contact; having the dentist’s face mere inches away can be uncomfortable.
  • A negative experience from the past can haunt a dental patient for decades. Pain, discomfort, trauma, or embarrassment during a procedure will make it more difficult to face the next appointment.

Combating Dental Fear

Talking to their dentist can help many people who experience anxiety or phobia during dental visits. If symptoms are severe, a mental health consultation may be necessary.

To get the dental care you deserve from an affordable dentist in Granger, call The Dental Center of Granger today at (574) 807-0438 or make an appointment.

The Dental Center offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Granger. With 4 affiliated practices throughout Indiana, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At The Dental Center of Granger, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at The Dental Center of Granger.

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So great with food allergies and anxious kiddos. My kid wasn’t nervous at all this time.
Collin L.
Amazing service, and hospitality. Great bedside assistants.
Megan R.
Every thing went smoothly and (my teeth) had improved from the last time I was there. Can’t ask for more…..
Frances W.
Professionalism.
Anthony K.
I’m a mom of 6, and tend to put off self care things that I don’t deem nessicary (which means very few visits to dentists for me). I had an emergency and they were able to get me in promptly and […]
Kellie C.
Dr listened to my ideas and concerns before looking at my teeth. He inspired confidence right away. No one has done that before
Ruth H.
Dental assistant Kelsie did a great job.
Andrew C.
Got me in the next day and replaced a filling that was broken.
Annette M.
Everyone is so kind, caring and friendly!
Courtney H.
Kind people, clean facilities.
Jared D.
Everyone is always so friendly. They always do a great job.
Allyssa Z.
The technician, Julie, did a really good job cleaning my teeth and taking a few x-rays. The dentist, Dr. Cochran, was very pleasant and reassuring. Good job all around. Thanks.
Nellie T.
Great service
Linda S.
Very friendly staff-candy the dental technician is just super
Benjamin W.
Everyone was very nice and welcoming. They made my three year old daughters first visit to the dentist very smooth. She is actually excited to come back. :)
Lily C.
friendly and efficient attention
Ivan L.
The hygenist (Katie) was excellent
Ronald K.
Quite satisfied but as it was my first visit, I do have limited exposure as of this point in time.
Dennis W.
The staff and doctor were wonderful and caring.
Trisha T.
You treat your clients with the upmost respect and understanding to there needs.
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