Miami Dentist and Dental Anxiety Update: The Waiting Game
 dental anxiety

Perhaps you sometimes find yourself feeling uneasy about the prospect of sitting in my chair. 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 dental anxiety associated with them can be extremely unpleasant. The dental anxiety could stem from a bad experience, a phobia, or even from watching Little Shop of Horrors one too many times.

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If you’d like to learn more about cosmetic dentistry and what your options may be, call us. Dr. Papiernik truly enjoys seeing the effect that a healthy smile has on his patient’s lives. He believes that a healthy smile begins with knowledge. That is why one of his goals is to help elevate each patient’s dental awareness and to provide them with the best tools to maintain their dental health at its optimum. Please call (305) 670 5100 to schedule an appointment.

Miami Smile Dental
Dr. Serge Papiernik
9350 S. Dixie Hwy., Suite #920
Miami, FL 33156
(305) 670 5100