Vasovagal syncope is characterized by a loss of consciousness and muscle tone, which typically are preceded by non-specific symptoms that last anywhere from a few seconds to a minute. These symptoms result from alterations in the nervous system that can include dizziness, lightheadedness, paleness, palpitations, nausea, sweating, hyperventilation and changes in vision.
According to Dr. Kapusta, DDS, “Any patient who experiences a syncope reaction may have an underlying cause that can predispose him or her to a life-threatening situation.” It is considered the most common clinical problem that occurs among patients of all ages, affecting 3.5 percent of the general population. Emotional stress, anxiety, pain, fatigue and being in a hot and crowded environment can lead to vasovagal syncope.
“It is not uncommon for patients to experience some anxiety when visiting their general dentist,” says Melvin Pierson, DDS. “Yet, there are ways to lessen the possibility of an anxiety-related incident.” Dr. Pierson encourages patients to discuss with their general dentist any fears they may have.
“Asking questions and requesting informational materials can help you get a better understanding of your dental service or treatment,” says Dr. Pierson. “General dentists are trained to answer questions and tell you what to expect to help you feel comfortable.”
Even so the dental materials and what your dentist tell you may not be the whole truth. Therefore I would encourage you to explore materials online and talk with other patients and people you know.
Adapted from materials provided by Academy of General Dentistry.