Dental Anxiety

Permadent Dental Implant Center

Dental Implant Surgeons located in Torrance, CA

You’re not alone if your upcoming dental appointment causes fear and anxiety. In fact, it’s very normal. As many as 20% of people in the United States suffer from dental anxiety and may only seek dental care under dire circumstances, such as extreme pain. At PermaDent Dental Implant Center, not only is our entire staff experienced in caring for patients who are anxious about visiting our office, we go to great lengths to ensure you are fully informed about your treatment options. It is a priority that our patients are seen and heard. Our dental specialists, MariaElena Rodriguez, DDS, and Perry R. Klokkevold, DDS, MS, FACD, as well as our staff, understand your fears and provide specialized care to help manage your dental anxiety so you can get the important dental treatment you need. To learn more, call the Torrance, California office.

Dental Anxiety Q & A

What is dental anxiety?

Dental anxiety refers to the feelings of fear and anxiety you have about going to the dentist. These fears can be so debilitating that it prevents you from getting the dental care you need to maintain good oral health. 


Your dental anxiety can cause a range of symptoms, such as:


  • Heart palpitations
  • Sweating
  • Low blood pressure
  • Visible distress
  • Sleepless nights
  • Crying


You may feel as though you’re all alone with your fears, but dental anxiety is common, which is why our compassionate team at PermaDent Dental Implant Center takes additional steps to ease your fears and anxiety when coming in for care.

What causes dental anxiety?

Your dental anxiety may have developed from many causes. Some of the most common causes include:


  • A prior unpleasant dental experience
  • Fear of pain
  • Fear of needles
  • Not feeling in control
  • Being self-conscious 


What treatments can ease dental anxiety?

At PermaDent Dental Implant Center, we want nothing more than to help you get the smile you deserve and offer sedation dentistry options to ease your anxiety before and during care. Some of the treatments available include:

Nitrous Oxide

Commonly referred to as laughing gas, with inhaled sedation you breathe in a mix of nitrous oxide and oxygen through a mask placed on your nose. Nitrous oxide is a form of mild sedation that helps you feel more relaxed, but you’re still awake during procedures. 

Oral sedation

Oral sedation is a medication you take by mouth to help you feel more relaxed before undergoing dental treatment. These types of medications can provide mild to moderate sedation. 

Intravenous (IV) sedation

We also offer IV moderate to deep sedation, which may work faster than oral sedation. It gives us more freedom to adjust your dose to better meet your needs.

To ease your fears, our compassionate team also provides you with a detailed explanation of what to expect before your treatment. For example, prior to your dental implant procedure, you will meet with our treatment coordinator to discuss everything you’ll need from prescriptions to ice cream, so there are as few unknowns as possible. 

For expert dental implant care from a compassionate team of experts who understand dental anxiety and how to calm it, call us at PermaDent Dental Implant Center.