Unfortunately for some people, anxiety prevents them from visiting a dentist – even for simple check-ups. Some fear the pain associated sometimes with dentistry, some fear the costs, and still some are embarrassed that they have neglected their mouths for so long. Whatever your anxieties – fear not for these simple exercises will help.
TELL US WHAT MAKES YOU ANXIOUS
Different things affect different people differently, so talk to us. Our goal is to provide you with the best possible care – starting with making you comfortable and gaining your trust.
We can tell (and show) you as much or as little as you like. We explain all procedures but we need your questions to address what concerns are most relevant to you. We believe in informed consent for all procedures and love to settle any questions or doubts.
EAT A LIGHT MEAL PRIOR TO YOUR APPOINTMENT
An empty stomach increases anxiety while a full stomach is relaxing. Avoid coffee, teas or colas also since they are stimulants. A light protein snack can stabilize your blood sugar level and reduce irritability.
BRING YOUR OWN MUSIC
Music can soothe almost any soul – even in a dental chair. Headphones can also help to muffle the noises that bother some people.
LEFT HAND PANIC BUTTON
During any procedure, we ask you to raise your left hand if at anytime you are uncomfortable. This allows you to have control and allows you to participate in the procedure. (The left hand is raised so as to not hit the dentist, or harm yourself.)
Some or all of these techniques can help relieve your anxieties but still the most important is your relationship with your dentist and his/her staff. Establish a caring, trusting relationship with your dentist and watch your fears melt away.