You have to go to the dentist, and you’re terrified. Maybe your dental anxiety has made you put off your dental cleaning so long that now you’re having tooth pain. Or perhaps the mere thought of your scheduled dental procedure has you fearful and uneasy. You may have had a traumatic dental experience in the past or have other reasons to feel anxious.
Your feelings are valid. Anxiety at the dentist or even dental phobia is something many people experience. But avoiding the dentist for too long can affect your dental health. The good news is that you can overcome dental anxiety. Here are some helpful tips to ease your mind when visiting your dentist.
Consider Light Sedation Options
Light sedation is a great option to help you relax if you tend to feel anxious during dental procedures. Nitrous oxide is a safe and cost-effective way to make you feel relaxed without putting you to sleep, and it will wear off quickly after your treatment.
An oral sedative can be taken during your appointment for those who need more profound sedation without being put under anesthesia. While effective against dental anxiety, oral sedation is costlier than nitrous oxide, and you’ll need to ask a family member or friend to drive you home.
Enjoy the Soothing Environment
Calming surroundings can make a difference when battling anxiety at your dental visits. Our commitment to creating a calm atmosphere for our patients begins in the waiting room. Here they can enjoy a warm cup of coffee or a cold drink and watch some tv while they wait. Or they can simply relax and do some deep breathing before they get called back to the dental chair. The relaxed environment continues in the exam and procedure rooms with fresh, serene decor and our kind experienced dental team.
Let Your Dentist Know of Any Worries
An open line of communication with your dentist and dental hygienist can make you feel more comfortable about your treatments and procedures. Sharing your worries helps them help you to understand your treatment plan and know what to expect. The team at Z Dentistry is patient, skilled, and experienced in helping patients have the most positive dental experience possible.
Overcoming Dental Anxiety for Your Oral Health
If anxiety prevents you from going to the dentist, your oral health will eventually suffer. By finding a provider who is well-versed in managing patient stress, you’ll feel more at ease at your dental appointments and able to receive the treatment you need.
Dr. Z understands that fears and anxiety about going to the dentist are very real. You may even have experienced trauma surrounding your dental experiences. However, overcoming your fear of the dentist and getting on track with your dental health is possible.
We’re here to help you achieve dental health with less anxiety. Call us today to set up an appointment to meet our dentists and staff and discuss your needs and concerns.