Feeling nervous about an upcoming dental visit? Don’t worry. At South Springs Dental Group, we are used to dental anxiety–it’s incredibly common.
Even though fear of the dentist is normal and nothing to be ashamed of, it’s not a very pleasant experience and it can make your appointment more difficult than it needs to be. That’s why we’ve put together this list of 6 ways to calm your nerves before the dentist.
- Talk to the Dentist: If you’re feeling nervous, inform your dentist. Your dentist will do his or her best to make sure you are as comfortable as possible during your appointment.
- Ask Questions About Your Treatment: Don’t be afraid to ask the dentist what they are going to do during each step of the process. Many patients find it calming to be aware of what’s going on.
- Skip the Caffeine and Sugar: If you drink tea, coffee, or soda, it’s a good idea to make an exception on days when you have dental work scheduled. Instead, drink plenty of water and sip on some herbal tea.
- Breathe Deeply: Breathing can have quite an impact on your mood. Try slowing and deepening your breaths, and see how you feel. During the actual procedure, it’s a good idea to breathe deeply through your nose, instead of your mouth.
- Don’t Rush Yourself: If you pile on responsibilities right after your visit, it might make your nervous while you’re in the chair. On the other hand, knowing that you have the entire day ahead of you to spend at home, it’s easier to stay calm.
- Don’t Avoid Your Appointments: Preventative care is the best way to treat your teeth! Though we get it. If you’re afraid of the dentist, avoiding your appointments seems easier than keeping up with them. But trust us, it’s better if you visit the dentist regularly so you can catch any issues before they get more serious.
At South Springs Dental Group, we pride ourselves in keeping our patients calm and safe during their appointments. If you need a dental check-up, or suspect you need a crown or filling, contact us.