New Patients (518) 650-1930

Current Patients (518) 237-0019

100 Main St. Cohoes, NY 12047

How to Combat Dental Anxiety

Has it been a while since your last dental visit? Are you reluctant to visit your dentist? At Capital Region Complete Dental Care & Implants, our team is dedicated to helping patients with dental fear or anxiety. We know that it can sometimes be difficult for patients to visit the dentist if they are self-conscious about their smile. Our friendly dental team works with patients to accommodate their needs and ensure they feel comfortable and confident in our office. Dr. Frederick Marra, our lead dentist, treats patients with dental anxiety in Cohoes, NY.

If you or a loved one have a fear of the dentist or dental anxiety, please let us know before your next appointment. Dr. Marra, his dentists, and his office staff will work with you to find the best relaxation methods for you. Our dental office is a judgment-free zone. We are here to help you maintain your oral health for the best results possible.

Dental Anxiety in Cohoes, New York

Treatments for Dental Anxiety in Cohoes, NY

Our office provides multiple options for anxious patients, whether they require routine care or longer dental procedures. Learn more about some of the most common treatments for patients with dental fear:


Patients can bring their headphones or earphones with them when they sit in their dental chairs. Listening to calming music or even just a favorite music playlist can calm patients down for their dental treatments. Patients who have a fear of loud noises in particular benefit from distracting themselves with music.


Breathing exercises and mindfulness techniques also calm patients. Inhaling and exhaling deeply not only helps slow down the heart rate but also focuses attention elsewhere. Breathing exercises are deliberate, and patients who focus on their breathing often feel more relaxed and comfortable.

Dental Sedation

Sedation dentistry is one of the best treatment methods for nervous or anxious dental patients. Although we typically use dental sedation during lengthy or complex treatments, we can also use sedation for our anxious patients. Common types of dental sedation include nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation, and IV sedation.

Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, can cause patients to feel light-headed and happy. We deliver nitrous oxide through a mask or tube that patients inhale. Nitrous oxide wears off in 30 seconds to a minute with no lingering effects. Oral conscious sedation is taken as a pill about an hour before treatment. Although patients may be conscious during this type of sedation, they do not feel any pain. Intravenous sedation delivers anti-anxiety medication through the bloodstream. IV sedation is also known as twilight sleep, is deeply relaxing for our patients. Patients may be so relaxed that they fall asleep under this type of sedation.

Relieve Your Dental Anxiety Today

If you are a new patient, call Capital Region Complete Dental Care & Implants at (518) 650-1930. Current patients may call (518) 237-0019. Feel free to request a dental appointment with Dr. Marra on our website. Please let us know if you have further questions or concerns about your treatment. We are always glad to help.