Although I do treat many patients with severe dental anxiety, the vast majority of my patient population is the patient who does not harbor any irrational fears of dental treatment. However this patient does experience a degree of heightened anxiety as the scheduled dental appointment nears. This apprenhension over dental treatemt does not prevent the patient from appearing in the office, for this patient is genuinely concerned about maintaining oral hygiene and does not want to experience the pain of a toothache. This patient will be categorized as having low to moderate anxiety and will appear on a regular basis for scheduled dental care because such a patient knows that avoiding needed dental treatment will only lead to more significant (and painful) problems later. While in the dental office this patient may have sweaty palms and a more rapid heartbeat, and would admittedly much rather be somewhere else.
Paul L. Caputo, DDS3490 E Lake Rd S Suite A