If you get nervous about having dental treatment, your’re not alone. an estimated 35million adults experience anxiety at the thought of a dental visit. but you can be an active participant in making your dental care pleasant and pain-free.
- Share your feelings with us. By bringing your fears out in the open, you will gain control of them. this should help you relax.
- Set aside a stress-free time for your dental visit, when you won’t be rushed or troubled by concerns. An early morning appointment may be less stressful than hurrying to see the dentist on your lunch hour or after work.
- Try to identify specific fears. Uncomfortable childhood experiences or the fear of pain are understandable, yet they are often unrealistic given the modern techniques now used in dentistry.
- During the dental visit, practice relaxation techniques to take your mind off th treatment and to reduce tension. Focus on pleasant distractoins such as soft music, a colorful poster, or practice deep slow breathing.
- Ask us to explain each step of the dental exam or procedure. the more you know about the reasons for a certain procedure adn what will be done, the more relaxed you will be. If the dentist explains what he is doing as he goes along you won’t anticipate any discomfort.
- Get a good night’s sleep and eat a light breakfast the day of you appointment. To allow easier body movement, wear loose, comfortable clothes.
- Schedule short appointments by having different procedures done on different days, if possible. Also, arrange a break from lengthy procedures now and then.. If you are feeling any discomfort, you can signal the dentist to stop with a prearranged signal.
- Once the dental visit is over, praise yourself for a job well done, and treat yourself to a special reward.