“Eyes are the windows to the soul. A smile is the mirror of the heart”
– Janna Cachola

Clinical studies reveal that a majority of dental patients experience anticipatory anxiety even before they are sitting in the dentist’s office. Dental technological advances have significantly evolved over the last half-century, and now include therapeutic diversions like movies, music, and even network television.

Through a multitude of studies, it has been shown that people typically fear what they don’t understand. Logically speaking, people clearly dislike and seek to avoid pain. Dental anxiety has many distinct sources for anxiety such as:

  • Fear of loss of control – Patients cannot see what is being done to them or anticipate what will happen next.
  • Fear of embarrassment – Dentists perform services well within the confines of their patient’s personal boundaries, and as a result, patients are frightened that they will be judged on the current condition of their mouth.
  • Fear of pain – This is likely the most common issue that motivates people to avoid the dentist. The reality is, pain is both a cognitive and emotional experience, as well as a physiological experience.

But, note the following:
People who visit the dentist routinely, or, patients fortunate enough to have avoided previous traumatic dental experiences are simply less anxious.

For the past 20 years, Dr. John Vellequette and Dr. Stephanie Fung of Smile Center Silicon Valley have created a welcoming, comforting environment for their patients. Smile Center Silicon Valley offers state of the art dental procedures and equipment that keeps their patients smiling by mitigating or removing patient fears.For additional information, or to set a dental appointment, contact us today!

1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4432608/