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Solutions for Dental Fears: Exercise?

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Does going to the dentist cause a pit in your stomach? Does even just thinking about it make the anxiety start? You're not alone as millions of American's feel fear around their dental visits. However, a new study out of Germany suggests that light to moderate exercise may help!

Exercise and Dental Anxiety

Researchers in Berlin took a look at how exercise could help reduce dental anxiety and found successful results in testing a group of 30 people. It seems that those who performed moderate aerobic exercise before their dental appointments experienced less anxiety and felt more relaxed at during their visit. While additional research still needs to be done, there's hope that these findings may help patients who have avoided the dentist due to anxiety or fear.

Other Options for Dental Fear

Dental sedation can also help achieve anxiety-free dentistry in Sarasota. Dr. Kaya Aygen and his team offer IV sedation, which delivers medication directly into your system intravenously. Dr. Aygen will continuously monitor your heart rate and vital signs throughout your treatment and adjust the medication as needed. While patients are still conscious and responsive during IV sedation, most are deeply relaxed and may even feel as if they've fallen asleep. IV sedation works well for patients who:

  • Have special needs
  • Have multiple complex treatment procedures they want to complete during one visit
  • Suffer from a bad gag reflex
  • Suffer from moderate to severe dental anxiety

Dr. Aygen is certified to provide IV sedation after completing his training at Montefiore Medical Center in New York. Patients can relax and receive the dental care they need under the watchful eye of Dr. Aygen.

If fear or anxiety has been keeping you away from the dentist, try some exercise before your next appointment! You can also contact Sarasota Dental Arts to learn more about your options for dental sedation.