Some people fear visiting their dentist so much that the try to live with the pain, decreased function, or less-than-appealing appearance of their smile. At Reveal Dental, it breaks our hearts knowing this, which is why we strive to provide our customers with compassionate care, cutting edge technology, and green products to help put people at ease. In addition the following tips may help overcome the fear of a general dentistry visit.
If you are afraid let your dentist know how you feel! If possible, tell them why – Did you have a bad experience in the past? Are you concerned there may be even more discomfort? By letting your dentist know, they will be able to address your fears, offer suggestions to prevent them, and explain how new technologies have advanced general dentistry over the years.
Medications for Anxiety Control
Although non-medicated approaches are preferred, you may have the option of using Nitrous Oxide to help you relax during your appointment. Talk to your dentist before your scheduled appointment to determine if this method is appropriate for you.
Alternative Relaxation Techniques
Alternative relaxation techniques may help reduce the anxiety. Some suggestions that patients have had success with include:
- Deep breathing and/or Meditation to “center” yourself and help you relax
- Listening to music, audio books, or watching television to keep your mind pre-occupied
- Early morning appointments before the stress of the day sets in
Get to Know Your Dentist
Your dentist would love to get to know more about you so together you can build a foundation of trust. Eventually the fear will decrease over time as you get to know all the staff at the dental practice.
Schedule Preventative Appointments Before a Dental Issue Arises
Starting with a new dentist slowly can help to alleviate some of the fear general dentistry can cause. Instead of waiting until you have a dental problem to see a dentist, build a relationship through non-procedural and preventative appointments. Basic dental exam with or without a cleaning, or a consultation is a great start. Dentists understand the need for some patients to start slowly, particularly if they are aware of the patient’s fears and anxiety.
At Reveal Dental, we strive to provide our customers in the Cedar Park, TX and surrounding area, with the highest level of comfort possible through the use of state-of-the-art equipment and ongoing training. To help our patients relax, we offer wireless headphones, warm blankets, and dark glasses with televisions and WiFi access in each exam room.
For more information on how the team at Reveal Dental can help you overcome your fear of general dentistry, or to schedule your next appointment, please contact our friendly staff (512) 337-2316.