Dental fear is a well-known issue, with an estimated 10% of the population suffering from it, and a high proportion has declared they feel stressed about their visits to the dentist. At Oradent Dental Care we take this very seriously and all of our dentists are experienced and caring professionals, who take their time in making their patients feel comfortable.
If you’re a nervous dental patient, these top 10 tips should help.
1. Regular check-ups are a must
As with anything in life, the more you practice it the better it gets. Same with visiting the dentist, once you pass the first couple of stressful appointments, it will become much easier to attend regular dental examinations.
2. Make conversation with your dentist
As intimidating dentists can be, remember they’re humans too and speaking with them will definitely help. Telling us how you feel, it will most certainly prepare us to make you as relaxed as possible.
3. Stay positive
Having positive thoughts can do wonders for your dental anxiety. If you’re feeling nervous before your dental appointment, try some breathing exercises and think about something positive and that you won’t have to visit us again for at least 6 months.
4. Keep busy
Keeping busy it’s a good idea to keep stressful thoughts away. When waiting to be called in try reading a magazine or scroll through social media on your phone.
5. Be rational
Many people worry without reason, feeling stressed about what might happen, only to realise after their appointment that there was no reason to be stressed about it. Routine check-ups are pain-free and very short.
6. Your Dentist is your best friend
No matter what condition your dental health is, your dentist is there to help you and not to judge. They will look at your teeth and gums and give you the best advice possible.
7. Stay calm
It’s difficult to stay calm if you’re nervous, but try and take deep breaths, and don’t get yourself too worked up. Before you know it, it’ll all be over!
8. Discuss treatment options with your dentist
To help nervous patients we can always try different treatment options. For example, we could carry out certain procedures under sedation. But we must be aware about your concerns, so feel free to open up to your dentist beforehand.
9. Ask questions
Don’t be afraid to ask your dentist any question. They’ll be able to give you answers, which will help to put your mind at ease. It’s crucial to know what’s going on, which in turn will calm your nerves down.
10. Take the first step!
Feeling anxious is not pleasant, but the risk of dental problems like gum disease and cavities are much worse. Take the first step and push through, you’ll be happy you did.
Nowadays, dental procedures, like ‘root canals’ are virtually pain-free and as comfortable as a general filling.
All Oradent Dental Care Dentists are highly trained and experienced with nervous patients and will take their time to answer all your questions and make you feel at ease. If you need to book a dental check-up just request an appointment from your local Oradent Dental Care Practice today.