Dental Anxiety Specialist

Marina Landing Dentistry

Asmita Dharia, DDS

Dentistry located in Alameda, CA

If you have dental anxiety or some type of phobia or fear of visiting the dentist and sitting in the dental chair, compassionate dental expert, Asmita Dharia, DDS, is here to help. Dr. Dharia is trained in dental fear management and works to minimize anxiety, pain, and discomfort to give you the best possible dental experience at Marina Landing Dentistry in Alameda, California, in the East Bay area. Call the office or book your personal consultation online for the highest quality dental care.

Dental Anxiety Q & A

What is dental anxiety?

Dental anxiety refers to some type of fear or phobia relating to visiting the dentist, sitting in the dental chair, and undergoing dental procedures. Dental anxiety can vary in severity from a mild fear and feeling of uneasiness to more overwhelming panic and terror.

You might be one of many people who experience dental anxiety due to previous dental experiences where you might have felt embarrassment about your physical appearance, pain, a loss of control, or some other negative experience associated with the dentist in the past.

Most people who have dental anxiety know that the fear is irrational. Unfortunately, some people simply avoid the dentist and just deal with diseases and dental problems that can have serious consequences, such as gum disease.

Many people with more severe dental anxiety only visit the dentist in an emergency situation. It’s important you stay up-to-date with your regular checkups, dental care, and cleanings since these can prevent future dental emergencies and protect your oral health.

How do I know if I have dental anxiety?

You might have dental anxiety if you experience:

  • A fear that the dentist will hurt you
  • A fear of dental instruments
  • Anxiety when you’re waiting in the waiting room
  • A troubled and uneasy feeling the night before your dental exam

Dr. Dharia specializes in helping you or your child have a better and more positive and nurturing dental experience. Dr. Dharia is happy to meet with you to discuss your concerns and ensure you feel more comfortable and prepared for any upcoming exams or procedures.

What is dental fear management?

Dental fear management is the support and management of your dental anxiety. Dr. Dharia ensures you feel more at ease and focuses on reducing your anxiety and improving how you perceive dental health care and your dental experience at Marina Landing Dentistry.

At Marina Landing Dentistry, you have your own individual TV monitor, a beautiful view of the bay, and a relaxing and serene professional dental environment.

Dr. Dharia has extensive training in dental fear management and utilizes a variety of methods and tools to diminish dental anxiety, such as:

  • Gentle dentistry
  • Explaining the procedures in a clear and calming manner
  • Friendliness, encouragement, and positive reinforcement
  • Safe and effective dental sedation methods (such as nitrous oxide)
  • Relaxation techniques, such as muscle relaxation, deep-breathing exercises, and guided imagery

Certain anxiety medications can be used in some cases.

Dr. Dharia and the friendly dental staff can help you to overcome your dental anxiety. Call or click to schedule online today.