A lot of people experience real anxiety over visiting the dentist. Whether it’s the sound of the drill, the thought of the needle, or the numbing effect of the anesthetic, there are a lot of things about dental treatments that make people uncomfortable.
A lot has changed over the years, though, and with some of the most recent technological advances, your dental office experience doesn’t have to be uncomfortable at all.
Being nervous or afraid before going into a dental appointment is completely normal, but there are steps you can take before coming into the office and some techniques and technology we can use to make sure that your experience is comfortable, warm, and welcoming.
While sedation dentistry is a very useful tool to avoid anxieties, we’ve already discussed this solution before, so this time we’re going to look at some of the technologies we use and some of the things you can do before the appointment to be more comfortable during the procedure.
A lot of the technology we incorporate in our office is specifically intended to make your visit more comfortable. This includes:
- Computerized injections – The needle is often the biggest source of anxiety for many patients. These modern devices allow us to provide a painless injection with a computer-regulated flow of the anesthetic so everything is as precise and accurate as possible.
- Anesthetic warming device – This devices heats the anesthetic material so it will be more comfortable when it is injected into the patient’s soft tissue.
- Entertainment – Sometimes you just need to get your mind off the procedure. A good movie or relaxing music through top-of-the-line equipment may be just what you need to help the time speed by.
- Digital X-rays – You can feel more comfortable knowing that digital x-rays significantly reduce the amount of radiation you’re exposed to. It also means we don’t use any chemicals or metals that can pollute the environment.
A Little Personal Preparation
Sometimes all you need to feel more at home in the dental office is a little preparation time. There are several things you can do before the appointment to feel more relaxed about the whole procedure.
For example, you could come into the office for a quick look around. Sit in the chair, get to know the staff, and just spend some time in the office knowing that there will be no procedure happening that day. This is just a way to get to know us and the office a little bit better.
Feel free to talk to us about your specific concerns and we’ll work with you to find the best solution. We can even set up a fail-safe signal that you can use if the treatment starts making you too anxious and you need a quick break.
You should also set your appointment as early in the morning as you can. This way you won’t have to spend the day letting your anxieties build up.
Finally, take some time to read about how others have overcome their dental anxieties. Maybe it was through breathing exercises. Maybe it was by having some moral support with them in the office. A lot of people share your anxieties, and their experiences may be
Understanding Doctors and Staff
We’ve seen a lot in our years doing this and working with a wide range of patients. We know that sometimes the discomfort some people feel is based on the belief that they don’t want anyone to see the extent of their dental problems. We’ve seen it all in our time, and we’re not worried about what has got you to this point. We just want to get your teeth and mouth healthy.
We don’t judge what came before. We’ll just work with you to determine the best ways to correct any problems and make you feel right at home.