Posted on 11/15/2018 by Water's Edge Dental
|It is easy to find excuses not to go to the dentist. Some people are so anxious that they avoid even thinking about making an appointment. Others make the appointment, but when it is time to actually make the trip, they find an excuse not to go.
Much of the reason that people do this is a result of dental anxiety. This can paralyze some people and can lead to bigger problems with their oral health later on. The way around this is to find some ways to avoid dental anxiety.
Things to Do
There are many things a person can do to deal with dental anxiety. Some of the things can happen well before they go to the dentist, some happen right before they leave and some of the things happen while they are at our offices.
Before Making the AppointmentEven before you go to our offices for a checkup or for some other form of treatment, visit the offices. Take a tour of the facilities to familiarize yourself with the place and the people. Ask questions about how they do things and what you should expect during your visit. That knowledge can help remove the fear of the unknown that can aid to the dental anxiety.
The Day of the AppointmentThere are several things people can do to help with anxiety right before they head off to our offices. Some people may find meditation helpful, others may like listening to soft music. Others need to keep themselves busy, so they do not have time to think about the appointment. The key is to find what works for you to reduce stress.
At the OfficeIf you checked out our offices beforehand, you could also make us aware that you are not comfortable visiting the dentist. This allows our staff to take extra steps to help with your anxiety. We can offer a quiet space to wait and we have different types of sedation available. The staff can answer all the questions you have. Make sure you do not just try to live with the anxiety, ask for help.
Some may deal with dental anxiety by avoiding the trips to the dentist. This is a bad idea that will only make things harder later on. It is better to find ways to deal with the anxiety. Don't let it stop you from getting the care you deserve.
Contact our office to schedule an appointment to see how we can help you with your oral health.