Manage Your Stress During Dental Visits


The health of your gums and teeth are among the most important things that need to be regularly checked by a doctor. They are also one of the most important daily personal care routines that need to be carried out on a daily basis. Dental hygiene should be taken seriously, because it can affect the rest of your overall health.

Patients of all ages might visit the dentist’s office with a little bit of anxiety. A professional dental team is not only highly skilled in the dental procedures they perform (including basic routine checkups, root canals, extensive oral surgery, and more), but also high level of know how to ensure that you will have the best possible experience comfort wise.

Here are a few things that you can do to help alleviate anxiety before you come in for a dental visit, be it for a checkup or for some other appointment carried out to improve your oral and overall health:

Understand the sedatives and pain medications available


During extensive procedures such as root canals, installing braces, and oral surgery, a dentist can prescribe a variety of sedatives and or pain medication to help you relax and or ease pain. It is vital that the doctor and his/her team are informed of any allergies or previous negative experiences you may have had with other sedatives or pain medications. This help ensure that your dental appointment experience as safe and painless as possible.

Give your dentist a “safe word” or motion

How effectively or how quickly a sedative works depends on the patient. Prior to the procedure, give the dentist or dental assistant a simple safe word or motion that you will use if you experience pain, discomfort or if you need a break. The dental team will be sure to take appropriate action and make adjustments to make sure you are comfortable.

Bring/play music that relaxes you

Manage Your Stress During Dental Visits

Certain music options can relax an individual’s mind. If you have an iPhone, MP3 player or another favorite device with specific music that you would like to listen to or have it played in the room during your appointment, ask in advance and arrangements can be made to accommodate your request. Depending upon the procedure, there shouldn’t be a problem unless your equipment interferes with the dental instruments.

For example, earphones may cause an obstruction to the space that your dentist or dental assistant(s) need to complete the procedure appropriately. In that case, it may be okay for you to bring portable speakers that can be put in a designated area in the room.

Getting dental work may make you feel a little vulnerable, but by learning how to take some steps in preparation for your appointment, may make your trip to the dentist a little more relaxing.

For more information on specific procedures (including methods and sedatives used/available) feel free to call us at (519) 659-2767. We look forward to assisting you and making your dental care as stress-free as possible.

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