How To Deal With Dental Anxiety
Does the thought of coming to our office make you nervous? If so, you are not alone. A large number of adults express the same concern. There are a number of reasons that make people nervous to come to the dentist, such as bad prior experiences, fear of the unknown, or aversions to the sounds and smells. Whatever the reason, we want to help you conquer your fear and nerves and get the dental care you deserve. Continue reading to learn more about helpful relaxation tips to try and one fool-proof relaxation treatment we offer to our patients.
Ways to Ease Your Dental Anxiety
It is not uncommon for patients to feel a sense of uneasiness when visiting our office. The worst thing that you can do for your oral health is to put off treatment and avoid hygiene examinations. The longer you delay treatment, the bigger risk you are taking for developing decay and other costly issues. There are simple steps you can take to help manage your anxiety before coming to our office.
The easiest step is to make your fears known. Speak to our team members when scheduling your appointment and arriving at our office. We will do our best to make you feel comfortable and informed about everything that is happening. Don’t be afraid to ask questions or express concerns. We also suggest:
- Bringing headphones and listening to calming music or your favorite audiobook
- Practice breathing or other meditation techniques
- Scheduling your appointment during a non-stressful time
- Distracting yourself by playing with a fidget toy or stress ball
We understand that there are patients who cannot relax when thinking about coming to the dentist and experience an extreme fear of our office and dental procedures. We never want fear to keep our patients from getting the dental care they truly need. We offer IV sedation to these patients. IV sedation is administered through a vein and allows the patient to be in a semi-awake state. The patient remains awake and is able to respond, but will have little to no memory following treatment.
If you are someone who avoids the dentist and has been putting off a cleaning or procedure out of fear, fear no longer and try some of the suggestions above for your next visit. If you are still extremely nervous be sure to contact our office located in Baldwinsville, NY to hear more about how sedation dentistry can help you. We hope to see you in our office soon.