Miami Dentists, Drs. Lewis and David Carroll, understand that the foundation for a beautiful smile is a healthy mouth. The inspiration of our blog is to encourage all of our patients to develop diligent oral hygiene habits to prevent infection and other oral health problems. Thanks to the advances in modern cosmetic dentistry we are able to improve your teeth and smiles quickly, painlessly, and affordably.We want you to smile with confidence!
Sunday, March 29, 2015
Dental Anxiety: Is it Really in Your Head? by Miami Dentist Dr. Carroll
Perhaps you sometimes find yourself feeling uneasy about the prospect of sitting in my chair. (Don't worry, I don't take it personally!) Well, the next time you're feeling that way, remind yourself of this interesting tidbit:
U.S. researchers have located the human brain's "dread center," an area of the brain responsible for feelings of foreboding. Brain scans show that neurons that generate the feeling of anxiety lie within the same areas of the brain activated by pain. How did they figure this out? Here comes the fun part! Researchers shocked the feet of more than thirty courageous volunteers while simultaneously scanning their brains. (Ouch!) Just be thankful you weren't asked to participate.
The study found that about a quarter of the group were "extreme dreaders" who were more than willing to take a stronger jolt just to be done with the whole thing. It seems that the dread of an experience can be more overwhelming than any pain or discomfort actually associated with it.
Most dental procedures don't hurt, but the anxiety associated with them can be
extremely unpleasant. The anxiety could stem from a bad experience, a phobia, or even
from watching Little Shop of Horrors one too many times. No matter its cause, the
anticipation of things going wrong can be far worse than the actual experience.
So try to remember this the next time you grimace at the sight of an appointment
reminder, a waiting room or a drill. The dread you're feeling is not proportional to the
experience you're facing. Just take a deep breath and remember that science agrees
it really is all in your head.
If you're unhappy with your smile, then give us a call. We would love to work with you and make the smile you've always wanted become a reality. Give us a call at (305) 948-9102 and let us help you look and feel your best with a beautiful smile. Having a healthy, bright, beautiful smile enhances your appearance and allows you to smile with confidence. Thanks to the advances in modern cosmetic dentistry, we are able to improve your teeth and smile with quick, painless and surprisingly affordable treatments.