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Facing The Dentist For Anxious Patients

Dental anxiety looks different for everyone. One patient may be okay with idea of having dental instruments in their mouth, but the sound of the tools may get their heart racing. For some patients, it's not the sounds of the dental office that cause anxiety, but the fear of needles. This fear can lead to delaying or avoiding essential dental treatments, leaving necessary procedures incomplete.

Dental patient nervously looking at dentist.
Patient with dental anxiety

Past negative experiences are typically the reason many patients face dental anxiety or fear. We frequently hear that a past dentists may not have allowed patients to advocate for themselves. At our office, we are proud that our patients know their voices are heard.

Dr. Sharp-Browning understands that many patients feel nervous or anxious about visiting the dentist. That is why she works so hard to create a real connection with each and every person who walks through our door. By getting to know you and your individual needs, Dr. Sharp-Browning is able to help explore your treatment options without judgment or pressure, and strives to make dental care a collaborative process that is smooth, comfortable, and ultimately very fulfilling.

Dentist applying laughing gas on an anxious patient
Dentist with Anxious Patient

Options for patients with dental anxiety

We offer a variety of options for patients with dental anxiety here at Castle Lake Dental. One of our highly requested options to help ease anxiety is nitrous gas (laughing gas). We provide a small nasal mask that is worn throughout treatment, putting you into a lightly relaxed state. Once treatment is complete, we will remove the mask and the effects of the sedative disappear as quickly as they came! This means you can resume your daily activities without interruption.

In every patient room, we provide Netflix on the screen above the dental chair. As you lay back during your visit with noise-cancelling headphones, you can catch up on your favorite shows or movies, making your dental experience more enjoyable and stress-free.

Oral sedation is available to patients with moderate anxiety. Dr. Sharp-Browning will need to assess a patient beforehand to properly examine if oral sedation is the best route to go.


Dental anxiety affects a lot of people, but at Castle Lake Dental our mission is to give our patients comfort, ease and ultimately a peace of mind by being a supportive dental team.

Have any questions? Please feel free to give us a call at 214-775-0859.

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