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General Dentistry

What to do if you’re a nervous patient

March 19 2021

Visiting the dentist regularly is important for your teeth, however, many people don’t go to as often as they should. There are many reasons why people avoid dentists, but it’s important to understand why. That way, you can find a compassionate dentist who will treat your teeth and make you feel comfortable at the same time. Below are some tips to help anyone who is feeling anxious about making an appointment.

Make a visit prior to the appointment

Once you’ve found someone you think may be suitable, visit the surgery to have a look around. This all helps to settle nerves when knowing what to expect. Speaking with the receptionist and dentist and getting a feel for the environment can really help. Also, taking the time to tell the dentist that you’re anxious and what your fears are. This way, they know beforehand to make subtle adjustments to make your visit more enjoyable.

Nervous about the noise

The sound you hear at a dentist is probably one of the most common reasons to avoid visits. Sometimes, the sound of the equipment in the dentist’s office can be quite intimidating. Fortunately, modern dental equipment is much quieter and much less frightening than you might think. Again, making a visit prior to your appointment might just help dispel those fears. Another great trick is to use headphones to listen to music during your visit, it might just help you to relax.

The smell of the dentist

The antiseptic smell that lingers in a dental office can remind patients of the hospital, which can cause increased anxiety. The first thing to note is that this feeling is completely understandable and valid. However, it’s how your mind computes this that can change the outcome of how it makes you feel. For example, like the smell of a new car, think of the dentist’s office smell as a good one. When you detect that distinct odour, it means that your teeth are about to be well taken care of. In addition, carrying your favourite hand cream can provide a ‘familiar smell’ form of comfort.

Worried about pain

Many people avoid going to the dentist because they worry that there will be pain. Fortunately, most dentists are quite gentle and use appropriate pain management techniques. This can be something simple like agreeing on a sign with the dentist to signal that you need a break and want them to stop. If you think it will help, start gradually with a clean and polish then work up to other treatments, such as fillings. Also, it’s worth talking to your dentist about using a numbing gel if you have a fear of needles.

Here at Newmarket road dental practice, we’re experienced in treating all patients. So, contact us today and see how we can help put your mind at rest with our inviting practice and experienced dentists.


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