Don’t Let Dental Anxiety Ruin Your Healthy Smile

  • June 7, 2017

Don’t Let Dental Anxiety Ruin Your Healthy Smile

There are times when you are anxious over things. Many times, that makes sense. If you’re anxious about graduating, getting a job offer, or hearing results of some medical tests, some worry and concern is normal. This becomes a problem when your anxiety gets in the way of doing what you need to do.

Dental anxiety can do just that. For some people, the fear and worry associated with dentistry can be so bad that they skip needed treatments, even regular dental exams. That makes problems like small cavities or early signs of gum disease get out of hand.

Call our Kansas City, MO dental office at 816-399-5539 today to schedule an appointment with our comfort and dental sedation options. Dr. Stiver is trained to offer several kinds of sedation dentistry, and our Kansas City office has the right team and comfort options to help you feel relaxed throughout your appointment.

Why You Might Have Dental Anxiety

There are as many reasons for dental anxiety as there are people, but here are several of the most common.

A childhood visit that didn’t go well: It’s amazing what can stick with you from your childhood. If you had a rough visit as a kid, those memories can give you dental anxiety today even if you don’t actively think about it.

It’s hard not doing something for so long: If you’re very active or have a lot of responsibilities, you can be anxious over sitting back in the chair and letting someone else do all the work.

You haven’t gone to a dentist in awhile: Fear of the unknown is powerful, and if you haven’t had a dental cleaning or dental exam in a long time, you might be worried about what Dr. Stiver will find.

You heard bad dental visit stories: Sometimes, it’s not your own experiences that create worry and concern. It’s the stories you’ve heard from others, even in TV shows and books, that give you some anxiety.

Comfort And Sedation Dentistry In Kansas City

Thankfully, you can call the Dental Care Center of South Kansas City today at 816-399-5539 to make your next appointment. Dr. Stiver is your Kansas City dentist who can help you get past dental anxiety with several ways.


Sometimes, just getting yourself comfortable can help you relax and feel comfortable in the dentist’s office. That’s why you can choose from several comfort options at our Kansas City, MO dental office. These include:

  • TVs with satellite programming and headphones
  • Pillows and blankets
  • Warm aromatherapy towels
  • Refreshments like coffee, tea, juice, and sugar-free chocolate.


There are times when it helps to have some privacy. That’s why you can get your dental appointment set in one of our private rooms. Plus, you can also have longer appointments. This can come in handy when you don’t want to feel rushed or otherwise need things to go along more slowly.


Dr. Stiver is well trained and experienced in sedation dentistry. That’s why he can offer you three types of dental sedation.

  • Nitrous oxide is also called laughing gas. You breathe it in, and as soon as you do, you’ll feel comfortable and relaxed. It also wears off as soon as your appointment is done.
  • Oral conscious sedation is a pill you take before you visit our Kansas City dental office. It’s stronger than nitrous oxide, so you will need someone to drive you to and from our office.
  • IV sedation is the strongest sedation dentistry option, so it may not be right for everyone.

When you come in for your appointment, Dr. Stiver will explain the differences between the two. After speaking with you, you’ll have a better understanding of which dental sedation is best for your particular needs.

Call us TODAY at 816-399-5539 or use our convenient online form to make your next appointment to include sedation dentistry. Don’t let dental anxiety ruin your smile by making you miss needed treatments. Instead, call Dr. Stiver and get sedation and comfort options.

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