It’s estimated that anywhere from 9% to 20% of people avoid the dentist because of dental anxiety. We know that coming to the dentist is not always a walk in the park. But the team at Dobson Ranch Dental Care wants to ease your mind. Not only do we care about your oral health, but we also care about easing your mind. So, if dental anxiety is a thing you experience even for regular cleanings and exams, then use these five tips.
1. BE PICKY ABOUT YOUR DENTIST
When it comes to finding the right dentist for you, make sure you go with someone who makes you feel comfortable. If you have dental anxiety, then you’ll want someone who knows how difficult it is for you to make an appointment. Here at Dobson Ranch, we offer a variety of sedation dentistry options to make sure all of our patients are comfortable. If this sounds like you, then let’s have a chat and find the right solution!
2. BRING A SUPPORT SYSTEM
Some people like knowing a friend or loved one is waiting for them in the lobby. Sometimes, just the knowledge that you have a support system waiting is all it takes. The safety and calm that come with being around a friend or loved one is an added benefit for anyone living with dental anxiety. A support system is especially true for younger patients who like to have a parent in the room.
3. GET IN THE RIGHT HEADSPACE
Before your appointment, you might try some meditation techniques or calming rituals that will help calm the nervous system. Many people find that doing a relaxing yoga routine helps ease their anxiety. Others prefer breathing exercises. So, no matter the method, we suggest you find the one that works best for you. Because remember: being proactive is much better than being reactive.
4. DISTRACT YOURSELF
If meditation and yoga aren’t for you, then you can work on distracting your mind during your appointment. Some people focus on an upcoming vacation. Others think about a new work project or their to-do list that’s waiting at home. You might even listen to an audiobook or ask your dental hygenist to pop in a movie. Distracting your mind with something else can take it off your dental work.
5. ESTABLISH A SIGNAL
Much like a safe word, a safe signal is something you and your dentist or dental hygenist can agree upon that lets him or her know you’re feeling uncomfortable. It’s hard to talk with hands in your mouth, so a signal is the next best option. This signal could be raising your left hand or tapping the knee of your dentist.
Here at Dobson Ranch Dental Care, we care about our patients. If you have dental anxiety, let us know! We have several different options to help ease your mind so you can make your appointment for a cleaning, denture fitting, or any restorative work. We proudly serve residents throughout Mesa, AZ. So, request an appointment today by calling (480) 838-8558.