It’s not uncommon for people to avoid going to the dentist because they’re afraid. That trepidation often leads them to make an appointment only when an urgent circumstance crops up, such as a cracked tooth, a severe toothache or a loose crown.
At the office of The Gentle Dentist, we offer empathy, patience and compassion to all of our patients, especially those with dental anxiety. We know it's natural to feel uneasy when you come through our doors. But know that we’re committed to helping you with your emotional discomfort.
Take a look at these suggestions, which will quell or even dissipate your hesitations.
Before your appointment, accept your apprehension by jotting down your worries on paper. Then, while you’re on your way to the dentist, acknowledge your concerns by saying out loud or to yourself, “My anxiety level is really high right now.” These tactics have a way of removing the negative feelings’ power over you.
Share your concerns with the dentist. And let’s face it: Some people’s imaginations operate on overdrive. If some of your fears are totally irrational, the dentist can instantly allay them. If the fears aren’t irrational, the dentist can explain why you needn’t be worried.
Have a friend go with you to your appointment. The pal will be there to “hold your hand” and bring you emotional support. She or he will provide you with distractions that will put a wrench in your obsessive thoughts.
Then, when you’re in the dental chair, employ things that will relax you. Some good choices are breathing deeply, listening to your favorite music on your electronic device and recalling pleasant memories.
The office of The Gentle Dentist uses state-of-the-art knowledge and technology to perform a complete array of procedures with the utmost care and precision. All of our teams are friendly, highly trained specialists who are eager to help you feel comfortable and relaxed while receiving the very best in dental care. Please call us today to schedule an appointment!
By The Gentle Dentist
November 26, 2020