If you dread going to the dentist, you are not alone. This can be an anxiety inducing experience for most people. It is important to keep your routine appointments for the health of your teeth. Knowing tips that will ease your dental anxiety may help ensure that you do visit the dentist as you should.
Tip #1: Arrive early
Be sure to leave your home within the necessary time to get to your dental appointment early. This will allow you to relax before being called back to see the dentist. It is ideal to arrive at least 15 minutes sooner than your appointment to unwind from the drive. You can take several deep breaths that will help you relax before meeting with the dental professional.
Tip #2: Communication
Take the time to let your dentist know you are anxious about the visit. You may want to relay any past experiences that you have had that may have contributed to your dental stress.
Additionally, consider getting the details about any complex dental procedure you are having done beforehand.
Tip #3: Consider sedation
One way to ensure you see the dentist as you should is by considering sedation. This will help you relax and feel more at ease when during your appointment.
Listed below are types of sedation:
1. Oral – You will need to take a pill before your dental visit, and some that are frequently used include Halicon and Valium. There is a variety of options of oral sedation that you should consider discussing with your dentist.
2. IV – This method will involve getting medication injected into your vein that will work faster.
3. Laughing gas – This is also referred to as nitrous oxide and you will inhale this to be able to relax for your appointment.
Tip #4: Sleep well
It's important to get a good night's sleep the day before your appointment. This will allow you to feel well rested and ready to see the dentist for an exam or to discuss any dental issues you may be having.
You may want to ask the dentist for a relaxant to help you sleep.
Finally, going to the dentist is a necessary part of life to help you have the smile you want. Be sure to talk to your dentist (at Randolph Dental Group or another practice) about additional methods that will put your mind at ease when going to your dental appointments