While know you have nothing to fear at our office, many people do experience anxiety at the dentist’s
office or are affected by dental phobia. If you’re apprehensive about visiting the dentist, here are few tips about how to make your appointment go as smoothly as possible:
Let us know beforehand about how you’re feeling.
It helps us prepare if we know that you’re feeling nervous about a procedure. We can work with you to create a strategy to minimize your discomfort so you can get the care you need.
Dress as comfortably as possible.
One of the first steps you can take is to wear clothes to make you feel the way you would like… comfortable and confident. Wearing the right clothes can help you feel more relaxed.
Once you’re here, work on your breathing. As hard as it may be to relax in the chair, rest your hands on your belly and try to take deep slow breaths. It will give you something to focus on and help keep you calm.
We’re happy to explain what we’re doing. Many people find that their anxiety stems from a feeling of lack of control. Understanding the procedure can help mitigate that feeling.
Bring a distraction
Listen to music or an audio book during your appointment. Come prepared with music or something to listen to on your phone or mp3 player.
There are many ways to stay calm while at the dentist. It’s a matter of what works best for you. If you do have serious issues with dental anxiety, you should consider consulting a psychiatric professional. Remember, we’re here to keep you happy healthy and we will do what we can to ensure that you have a positive experience at our office.