It’s not like you should be skipping and grinning ear-to-ear on your way to the dentist’s office. But if the thought of getting a dental exam makes you so anxious that you skip the appointment instead of going, you are hurting your dental health. That probably means you have some form of dental anxiety.

Call our Jeffersonville, IN dental office today at 812-913-6093 (Jeffersonville) 812-884-8304 (New Albany) 502-430-3451 (St. Matthews) to schedule your next appointment. Dr. Kirchner is your Jeffersonville dentist who knows how to help you feel comfortable and relaxed with The Wand, nitrous oxide, oral sedation, and more. Finally, you can get the dental care you need so much without dental anxiety.

Common Causes Of Dental Anxiety

What is dental anxiety? It’s really just a fear of going to the dentist. It doesn’t have to mean you’re paralyzed over the idea of going. But if you experience anxiety and worry over going, then you probably have some dental anxiety.

That’s entirely normal, and you’re not alone. Many people avoid getting dental exams and more because the anxiety is too strong. Here are some common reasons why people have dental anxiety.

It’s been years since you last visited a dentist.

Fear of the unknown is surprisingly powerful. So when it’s been a long time since you last had your teeth cleaned and checked, you might have dental anxiety because you have no idea what’s going to happen. Will your teeth be just fine, or will some have to be removed?

The dentist’s office intimidated you when you were a child.

When you’re young, the dentist’s office is full of strange people, machines, and sounds. Plus, they want to touch your teeth! That’s why kids can have a tough time there even if there’s never anything wrong with their teeth. And how you felt as a child can still impact you today.

You heard a story about a bad dental visit.

You don’t even have to experience a troublesome visit to have some dental anxiety. Stories are powerful, and they can make you feel like you’re there. If you heard a story from a friend or show about a bad time at the dentist’s office, you can remember that on some level and have concerns about your future visits.

It’s hard for you to not do stuff while others work.

Some people are so used to being busy, it’s hard to not be doing stuff. That’s very true for parents and people who work high-stress jobs. Sitting around while others work is a bad thing! But that’s exactly what you have to do when you visit a dentist. That’s why these people can have some dental anxiety.

Relieving Dental Anxiety

Then what can be done if you have dental anxiety? Call Kirchner Dental at 812-913-6093 (Jeffersonville) 812-884-8304 (New Albany) 502-430-3451 (St. Matthews) to make an appointment. Dr. Kirchner is your Jeffersonville dentist who can help in several ways.


Local anesthesia is necessary so you can be comfortable during a dental treatment like getting a filling or dental crown. However, many people are worried about the needle used to inject the anesthetic. Thankfully, Dr. Kirchner is trained in The Wand. This computer-controlled system adjust the flow of anesthesia so you will hardly feel it being used.


Also known as laughing gas, this is a simple form of sedation dentistry. As you breath the gas in, you start to feel relaxed and comfortable. Chances are, you’ll stay awake the entire time. You just won’t have that anxiety anymore. Nitrous oxide wears off as soon as you stop using it, so you’ll be fine by the end of your appointment with our Jeffersonville dentist.


This is a stronger form of dental anxiety. It’s a small pill you take about one hour before your visit. It induces a deeply relaxed feeling to get rid of dental anxiety. Because it’s strong, you’ll need someone to take you to and from our Jeffersonville, IN dental office.

Call us today at 812-913-6093 (Jeffersonville) 812-884-8304 (New Albany) 502-430-3451 (St. Matthews) or use our convenient online form to make your next appointment. Don’t let dental anxiety turn small, easily-fixed dental problems into something big and expensive. Let our Jeffersonville dentist use sedation dentistry and more to get past your dental anxiety — and help you get a healthy smile.