If you are nervous about visiting the dentist, you need to know that you are not alone. Many people feel anxious about setting up dental appointments and coming in to the dental office. According to the American Academy of General Dentistry, 25 million Americans do not visit their dentist simply because they are afraid.
If you are feeling anger, impatience, or other negative strong emotions about your dental appointment, these may be signs of anxiety. Remember, we want to help you feel comfortable in the dental chair.
Our office is equipped with TV’s in each room to make your visit better. You can sit back and watch your favorite show while you are having your teeth cleaned or restored. Our office colors are bright and fresh. We chose yellow and green as they are mood elevating colors and our patients find them cheery and relaxing. We also believe that the more informed you are about the procedure you are to have, the less apprehensive about it you would be. Please ask us to explain the procedure to you and let us answer all the questions you may have related to it. Sometimes a little knowledge is a powerful key to alleviate fear.
Please do not hesitate to tell us what makes you nervous. For example, is it a particular sound or sight, a fear of gagging or pain, or a sense of helplessness? Are you worried about health-related issues we may discover in your teeth or gums, or the cost of additional dental treatment? Understanding the source of your anxiety may make it easier to find a solution that makes you relax.
Here are some other tricks you could do prior to your dental appointment:
- Eat high-protein foods before your appointment to help you calm down. (Be sure to floss and brush after your meal). Having caffeine and sugar before your appointment may not be a good idea as they tend to increase the heart rate and may contribute to your anxiety.
- Bring something that will be soothing for you, such as a music player, a cozy sweater, etc.