Did you know that dental anxiety is common? In fact, we see patients every week who are nervous about visiting us. And, while we always do everything, we can to make our patients feel relaxed, we thought that it would be a good idea share a few helpful tips to help ease your mind before your next visit to the dentist.
1. Listen to music
It’s amazing how much of a soothing and calming effect audio can have on us. So, next time you visit why not bring your headphones to listen to your favourite songs, a relaxing playlist or even your favourite podcast. You can wear your headphones during any treatment which will help to take your mind off things and help you stay relaxed.
2. Practice meditation
Meditation is a fantastic way to help you wipe away stress, relieve anxiety, and restore your level of calm. It can be practiced wherever you are, even in the waiting room at your dentist. There are many different types of meditation, so it is best to try a few different types to find what works for you. All types of meditation are aimed at helping you achieve inner peace.
For those who are extremely nervous then it might be worth exploring sedation as this can help to ease your nerves. There are different levels and forms of sedation from minimal sedation using nitrous oxide to moderate sedation through IV and deep sedation through general anaesthesia. Depending on your treatment your dentist will be able to discuss your sedation options with you and reassure you about the best course of action.
4. Bring a friend
Having someone with you that you love, and trust can work wonders when it comes to dealing with dental anxiety. Just by being with you they can put you at ease and reassure you while you are waiting and during your treatment. Having a friendly face with you will help you stay calm and relaxed and give you confidence you need during your treatment.
5. Speak with your dental team
One of the best ways to tackle any form of anxiety is to speak to your dental team. They will be able to help answer any questions you may have or tackle any concerns. Whether you are worried about experiencing pain during your treatment or want to know more about your treatment, your dental team will be happy to talk you through everything to help ease your nerves.
When you choose us for your care, know that we’ll never judge you no matter how long it’s been since you’ve seen a dentist. If it’s time to make an appointment, we’re here for you. Contact us today to do so.