Did you know that over 40 million Americans won’t go to the dentist? Not because they can’t afford it, or because they don’t have a dentist close by, but it is because they are scared to go for a visit.
Many people are afraid of dental visits because they are worried the procedures might be too painful. Other people feel if they talk about their concerns for their oral health, they might not be heard. You may even have bad memories from past experiences with your dental health.
If you feel anxious about your upcoming visit with us, don’t worry. We have some ways that you can make sure your dental visit goes smoothly. Believe it or not, you will learn to love us. In case you are still worried, here are some tips for you. We want you to have a great visit.
Tips for Reducing Stress
First, be sure that we understand you are tense, anxious or stressed about your dental visit. This will help us adjust to you and your needs. If you are having a procedure done, focus on breathing slowly and regularly. This will help you to reduce your stress levels. We encourage you to bring your own stress relief through music, so feel free to bring your headphones.
Be sure that before you come to see us, you eat something calming, such as high-protein foods. Try to avoid caffeine, as it will only make you more nervous. If you need some hand signals to communicate with us while we are working on you, share them with us, and we will learn them too. Choose a time during the day when you feel less stressed.
Are you nervous about coming to see us but are concerned about the state of your oral health? Give us a call today and schedule an appointment. We’ll be happy to sit down with you and help put you at ease.