4 Tips For Managing Dental Anxiety
I often speak about the importance of maintaining routine hygiene examinations and scheduling any appointments for treatment in a timely fashion. I know that some of my patients suffer from anxiety over visiting the office and having dental procedures completed. My team and I do everything we can to ensure that each patient feels comfortable while under our care, and we do our best to be sure everyone is informed about what to expect during all dental treatments. No matter what my team and I do, we know that some patients will still have some nerves. I want to share some helpful tips that may help you feel more relaxed before and during your visit. Continue reading to learn more.
Relax Before Your Visit
Dental anxiety is a common feeling among many patients, but I don’t want it to be the reason you aren’t getting the oral care you need. Delaying your oral care can lead to serious complications and the need for additional treatments. I want to share some helpful tips that you can try before visiting our office and during your appointment to help you relax.
Schedule Your Appointment Accordingly
I recommend visiting our office during a time of day that you feel calm and relaxed. It may be different for each patient; however, I would not recommend scheduling an appointment after a stressful day of work. Morning appointments are popular with patients who are more nervous.
Caffeine is a stimulant and can affect the nervous system, increasing blood pressure and causing some people to have the feeling of a racing heart or anxiousness. This is not beneficial before an appointment if you deal with dental anxiety. In place of caffeine, I would recommend a soothing beverage such as chamomile tea.
Listen to Your Favorite Music
Listening to your favorite music is a great way to relax on your drive to the office. I also recommend bringing headphones and listening to music, a podcast or audiobook to pass the time during your appointment.
If you have any questions about your oral health I would love to speak with you. If it has been longer than six months since your last visit to the office or you need to schedule a recommended treatment, I would recommend calling and scheduling an appointment today. My team and I look forward to seeing you soon!