Coping with Dental Anxiety
If you feel anxious when thinking about dental work, you are not alone. There are many people who suffer from dental anxiety, whether it stems from a negative experience or the fact that it has been a long time since seeing a dentist. Dental anxiety is normal; although this feeling is normal, it is important to see a dentist regularly to help with overall dental health.
At Thomas Family Dentistry, we understand that dental anxiety can be a struggle for many. We help our patients by: answering any questions or concerns they may have, playing music to help distract from dental procedures and getting to know each patient and their needs. Below are a few tips to help with dental anxiety for your next upcoming appointment. We hope these tips will help make your appointment as comfortable and as stress free as possible. Remember at Thomas Family Dentistry we LOVE to see you SMILE!
- Bring head phones/ear buds to listen to your favorite music, book or podcast.
- Build a trusting relationship with dental professionals prior to having dental work completed.
- Ask questions or have the dental professional explain what they are doing throughout the procedure to ease your mind of any surprises.
- Wear comfortable clothes or bring a blanket for comfort.
- Arrive on time, but not too early so you do not over think while in the waiting room.
- Ask for breaks if you begin to feel overwhelmed.
- Make your next appointment prior to leaving the office to prevent putting off dental work.