Dental anxiety not only ruins people’s dental experiences, but it also destroys their smiles. When people are afraid of the dentist, they avoid the office at all costs, which results in major dental problems that require extensive treatment. If you could be considered as one of these people, we recommend doing the following things so you can finally feel more comfortable in the hands of the dentist:
Talk to the Dentist
Tell your dentist how you feel. This will let him know that you require special treatment and it will help him best determine how to address and manage your fears. Talking to your dentist will also give you some control, which will help you feel a little more relaxed.
Music can calm many people, so we recommend bringing an iPod or CD player with you when you come in for an appointment. Bring some music you’ve never heard before so you will focus more on the music rather than on the treatment. Whatever music you bring, make sure it’s relaxing and comforting.
Discuss Dental Sedation
Dental sedation is a tool that helps many people relax during their dental appointments. Many dentists offer sedatives like nitrous oxide sedation, oral sedation, and IV sedation. If you are interested in this benefit, just talk to your dentist about your options.
Determine a “stop” signal
If you and your dentist determine a stop signal, you will have the control you need during your dental appointment. The signal can be something as simple as raising your hand, blinking three times, or making a coughing sound. Every time you display this signal, your dentist will know to stop.
Before you start the treatment, ask your dentist about the process involved. Have him tell you exactly what to expect during the appointment and find some time to plan a few breaks. Knowing what to expect and having the chance to relax for a minute will help you feel better in the hands of the dentist.
If you would like additional tips on how to overcome your dental anxiety, please call 941-208-3951 now and talk to Dr. Kenneth M. Schweizer. In fact, our entire team at Sarasota Implant will be happy to help you if you just call our office. We look forward to hearing from you!