Fear is certainly a compelling reason to avoid something. Fear is sometimes a gut instinct, warning you that something is amiss. Unfortunately, our complicated brains sometimes send us mixed signals, making us scared of something like the dentist, which is actually good for you and avoids worse problems in the future. Once your fear response is in full effect, your muscles tighten, your breathing speeds up, and it’s only natural that you want to avoid the activity which evoked those feelings. Farmington Hills dentist, Dr. Aziza Askari, has solutions for you if your dental fears run deep.
The chain reaction of fear originates inside your complex brain. It starts with a stressful stimulus which is the catalyst for your heart to speed up to an alarming rate. This is coupled with labored breathing and tightened muscles which all may feel way too close to the heart attack symptoms you’ve read about. The fear that something is really wrong with you only makes the response stronger and more confusing. Is there really something amiss with your body, or are you just nervous? The range of panic causes vary from one person to the other. You may have a response like the abovementioned to spiders, needles, heights, public speaking, or doctor’s appointments. Many people experience intense fear when they even think about going to the dentist. This is why sedation dentistry has become increasingly popular over the years.
Out of Control
The fight-or-flight response involves your hypothalamus. This part of your brain controls ancient survival reactions which are in our genes. Your body will respond to panic by flooding your system with multiple hormones which create confusing sensations. Epinephrine and norepinephrine will increase your heart rate and blood pressure. Your pupils will dilate. Even blood glucose levels increase as veins constrict excess blood is sent to your muscles making you feel suddenly cold and then hot, almost as if you have a fever. Your brain is likely to feel fuzzy and out of control. If dental appointments make you feel this way, we understand why you would avoid them. Trust us, however. We can definitely help make it a pleasant experience at Comfort Dental Spa.
Contact your Farmington Hills Dentist
If you are due for a dental checkup or have minor dental needs, don’t let your fears stop you. To contact our 48335 dentist office at (248)566-6490 for a consultation. We are happy to serve patients of all ages, from Farmington Hills, Dearborn, Novi, Livonia, Detroit, and surrounding neighborhoods.