Dental Anxiety & Dental Phobia


Dental anxiety is a common condition that impacts 1 in 6 persons and can affect people of all ages, 
It is common to feel worried about an important appointment with the dentist, but it is not normal for this to impact your quality of life, decisions about your health or your ability to receive treatment. For those suffering extreme dental anxiety, also known as dental phobia, your fear might even make it too hard to make it to a normal dental check-up!  The Bryan Dental in Bryan and College Station area is conveniently located near to the Briarcrest Walmart is the dentist office by me. 

Unfortunately, these feelings of dental anxiety can become ingrained over time and some sufferers feel ‘trapped’. This can lead to neglect for your smile, and the guilt that follows can contribute to your anxiety even further. 

However, not all dental anxiety & dental phobia is the same. There’s a spectrum – from mild anxiety to severe phobia – and the techniques to manage these different degrees of fear are varied. So, where should you start on your journey to overcoming dental anxiety?

  • Anxiety triggers, such as the smell & sound of a medical practice
  • Existing anxiety issues, such as claustrophobia or panic disorder
  • Previous negative dental or healthcare experiences
  • Fear of restraint, pain or invasive health treatment
  • Underlying psychological reasons
  • Being forced into treatment at a young age
  • Feeling of a loss of control during dental treatment

There are many tools available for helping you with your dental anxiety, and your dentist can discuss which of these is applicable and aligns with the severity of your fear or anxiety. A calming device is anything that you or your dentist use to take your mind off dental treatment while you are in the chair. These are available at most dentists and are great for all levels of dental anxiety, but if you are experiencing severe anxiety of phobia you may find that you need additional strategies as well. Calming devices & techniques include –

  • Music & noise cancelling devices
  • Relaxation techniques – like breathing & guided imagery
  • Aromatherapy & massage
  • Videos, movies & calming pictures
  • Numbing gel

Call us at (979) 985-5505 or visit to schedule your appointment.

Find us at:

3203 Freedom Blvd,
Suite 400 Bryan,
TX 77802.


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