Working Through Dental Anxiety

Dental anxiety is a common concern affecting many individuals when seeking dental care, including routine dental cleanings. At Torbram Dental, we understand the importance of addressing dental anxiety and providing a comfortable experience for all our patients. In this article, we will explore the insights provided by Valencia Higuera’s article on dental anxiety, discussing various coping mechanisms and treatments available to help individuals overcome their fears and receive the necessary dental care they deserve. (Source: Healthline, Coping with dental anxiety, by Valencia Higuera, medically reviewed by Christine Frank, DDS, April 15, 2021, ).


Understanding Dental Anxiety: According to Higuera’s article, dental anxiety can stem from various factors, such as fear of pain, discomfort, or past traumatic dental experiences. The anticipation of needles, drills, or the overall clinical environment can trigger anxiety and make dental cleanings a daunting task for many individuals. Torbram Dental acknowledges the significance of these concerns and is committed to creating a comforting, supportive, and calming atmosphere for patients with dental anxiety.

Torbram Dental shares, “At Torbram Dental, we prioritize patient comfort and understand that dental anxiety can be a significant barrier to seeking regular dental care. Our compassionate team is trained to handle anxious patients with utmost care and sensitivity, ensuring a relaxing environment for every dental cleaning appointment.”


Coping Mechanisms for Dental Anxiety: The article highlights several coping mechanisms individuals can employ to manage dental anxiety. Deep breathing exercises, distraction techniques, and listening to calming music are effective strategies for reducing anxiety levels before and during dental cleanings. Moreover, open communication with the dental team can help alleviate fears and build trust.

Torbram Dental expresses, “We encourage our patients to communicate their dental anxiety to us so that we can address their concerns and create a personalized approach to their dental cleaning experience. We offer relaxation techniques, such as deep breathing exercises, and encourage patients to bring their preferred music to help them feel more at ease during their visit.”


Professional Support and Treatment Options: Higuera’s article emphasizes the importance of seeking professional help to manage severe dental anxiety. Dentists may recommend various treatments, including cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), medication, or the use of sedation techniques to help patients overcome their dental fears. Seeking family dentistry services can also be beneficial, as it creates a familiar and comfortable environment for individuals who experience dental anxiety.

Torbram Dental shares, “Torbram Dental provides a comprehensive range of treatment options for individuals with dental anxiety. Our dentists are experienced in employing cognitive-behavioral techniques to assist patients in changing their thought patterns and reactions to dental procedures. Additionally, we suggest sedation dentistry for patients who require extra assistance managing their anxiety during dental cleanings, exams, and dental treatments. Our family dentistry approach ensures a nurturing and supportive environment for patients of all ages, allowing them to feel at ease throughout their dental visits.”


Dental anxiety should not hinder individuals from seeking the necessary dental care they need, including regular dental cleanings. Torbram Dental understands the challenges associated with dental anxiety and strives to create a comfortable and stress-free environment for every patient. Individuals can overcome their dental anxiety and maintain optimal oral health by implementing coping mechanisms, seeking professional support, and choosing a family dentistry practice. Take the first step towards a stress-free dental cleaning experience by scheduling an appointment at Torbram Dental today.

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Simrit has been working at Torbram Dental since 2001. She started her career with Assisting/Treatment co-ordinating and then moved on to becoming the Hygiene Co Ordinator in 2005. In 2012 she took on a new role as the Marketing Director. Though she loved being the Marketing Director, in 2015 she became the Office Manager of Torbram Dental. She completed her Level 1 Dental Assisting program with Career Canada in 1996 and then went on to complete her Level II Dental Assisting Diploma with Southwestern Medix in 1999. That is when she received NDAEB Certification. Simrit has been and still is an active member of the Ontario Dental Assistants Association since 2000. She enjoys hiking and traveling with her husband and two kids and loves to explore new restaurants, especially high-tea venues.

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Jessica, one of our receptionists, is one of the smiling faces you see when you arrive at the office. She graduated with honours from Medix College with a diploma as a Level 2 Dental Assistant. When she is not happily helping our patients, Jessica enjoys spending quality time with her friends and family, going to church on Sunday mornings, gardening and going on hikes.

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Naudia has been working at Torbram Dental for many years and is a valued member of our administrative team: as a dental receptionist and in our marketing team . She graduated from Everest College with honours level 1 and 2, with a diploma in Dental Assisting. Naudia is always there for our patients, making sure that they receive the care and attention they deserve. When not at the office, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, cooking and indulging in civil court TV shows.

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Ramandeep has been a part of Torbram Dental for the past 10 years as certified dental assistant. She obtained her level 1 certification from Everest college in Brampton in 2013, and then her level 2 certification in 2014 from Medix college. Her career path through the clinic has been recognized by staff at all levels who admire her work ethic and dedication to million dollar smiles. In her spare time, Ramandeep enjoys cooking and gardening, and spending time with her husband and 2 kids.

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Sana is a valued member of our dental hygiene team. In 2008 she completed her education at George Brown in Dental Assisting and in 2016 she earned her diploma in Dental Hygiene from the Canadian Academy of Dental Health and Sciences. Sana has been working in dentistry since 2008 and enjoys taking care of our patients and helping them with their oral health. She is married and is busy with her 2 young children. In her spare time, Sana enjoys going out with the family, trying out new places to eat and is looking forward to travelling with them in the future.

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Sanaria has been working at Torbram Dental for many years as a valued member of our Dental Assisting Team. She completed her level 2 dental assisting certification and previously obtained a degree in Education and worked as a quality control officer in the pharmaceutical industry. When not at work Sanaria loves to bake and cook. She also loves story time and enjoying the outdoors with her children. She always sees the positive side of life, believes that nothing is impossible and that if you set a goal and work at it, that you will make your dreams come true.

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Carrie has been working at Torbram Dental since 2001. She graduated from George Brown College in 1998 with a Dental Assistant Diploma and continued to further her education by completing a Dental Hygiene Diploma in 2001 at Durham College. Carrie is a highly trained and experienced Registered Dental Hygienist who continues to learn and grow by updating her knowledge to provide her clients with the best Oral Health Care techniques and information. Carrie is passionate about Dentistry and is known for her gentle and compassionate manner. She feels strongly about building lasting relationships and trust with her clients to help them understand that good Oral Health leads to good Overall Health. Carrie enjoys travelling, dabbling in decorating and a good Netflix series in her time off. Carrie resides in Halton Hills with her husband and two children.

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Daniela's interest in Dentistry began in Gr.6 when she wrote a speech entitled "My Life as a Toothbrush".
A Registered Dental Hygienist with 22 years of clinical experience, Daniela still has a great passion for her career. The most rewarding aspect for her is building lasting relationships with her patients, and seeing them through to a healthier smile.
Her thorough yet gentle touch will ensure a comfortable visit every time.
Daniela is a total Foodie and loves to cook and enjoys all types of cuisines. She loves Florida, Cruises, organizing things, and most of all spending time with family and friends.

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Stephanie Enjoys getting to know all new patients at Torbram Dental and catching up with long standing Patients. Stephanie enjoys spending quality time with her family. One of her favorite things to do with her daughter is teach and play the piano. Stephanie likes going on walks with her husband and enjoys spending as much time with him as he is an Active Member of the Canadian Army. On Sundays, Stephanie enjoys going to Church and looks forward to Sunday Dinner with her entire family. Stephanie's Favorite thing to do to start her day right is head to her local Starbucks and Grab her favorite drink, an iced black tea with light lemonade on warm days and a blonde vanilla latte on those cold winter days.

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