Fight-Or-Flight At The Dentist: What To Do

Have you ever heard the term fight-or-flight? It’s a term that’s used to describe what happens when your brain senses that your body is about to be under attack. When extreme fear takes over, your body’s stress levels go into overdrive. As a result, hormones are released by your nervous system. Your natural, biological response is to get ready to combat what’s coming or to run away quickly. When this happens at the dentist, it can be embarrassing, confusing, and frustrating. Guess what? It happens to a lot of people. It’s one of the many reasons we offer dental sedation.

Why At The Dentist?

Fight-or-flight can happen anywhere for any reason. If your body senses immediate danger or possible harm, your nervous system will react accordingly. Maybe you saw something scary in a movie in regard to dental care. Perhaps you had a very negative experience in your past, so you instantly anticipate pain or trauma. Even though you may logically know that this isn’t going to happen, your nervous system recognizes the stimulus and snaps into action. The good news is that dental sedation can essentially override this and can even prevent it from beginning.

What To Do

Talk with us about your previous experiences and the symptoms you notice when you think about receiving dental care or when you actually receive it. We can talk with you about how best to keep you feeling calm before, during, and after your dental care. Of course, we will help you by talking over your dental sedation choices and selecting one that will work wonderfully for your needs.

We Offer Dental Sedation To Prevent Panic

Do you worry that you’ll begin to panic in our dental chair? Dental sedation will stop this reaction from occurring, so you can enjoy your experience. We invite you to schedule an appointment with your Katy, TX dentist at Lathrop Dental Center by calling 832-437-3849. We proudly welcome patients and families from Katy, Fulshear, Weston Lakes, Simonton, Richmond, Rosenberg, Brookshire, Wallis, Orchard, Cypress, Sealy, Columbus, and all surrounding communities.

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