Afraid Of Visiting Our Edmond Dentist?
A lot of people interchange the words “anxiety” and “phobia”, but according to studies by medical professionals, these two are very different. As we discussed in part one of this series, patients with anxiety may be able to live with their uneasiness whereas those with a phobia of visiting the dentist may not even be able to step foot in the office due to sheer terror. In part one of this series, we shared 2 tricks for overcoming the fear of visiting the dentist. Our Edmond dentist hopes that by sharing a few more tricks it may help you overcome your dental fears.
# 1- Relaxation: First of all, if the thought of the dentist sends a shiver down your spine then go ahead and speak up! Our Edmond dentist does offer sedation to help you relax. While numbing can take place in areas that the dentist will be working on, the sound of the drill can be bothersome to some patients. If that’s you, feel free to wear ear plugs. Lastly, practice breathing exercises through your nose for a count of 4 breaths in and 4 breaths out. This will help prepare you for breathing through your nose, with your mouth open.
# 2- Information: When you don’t know what something is or what it means it can seem more intimidating. If you’ve been told about a procedure that you are unfamiliar with, feel free to ask plenty of questions. If you have time before the procedure, take that time to do some research on the subject as it may help diminish your fear of the unknown.
So, in part one of this series, our Edmond dentist provided tips on using your imagination and using self-motivation techniques. Now, we’ve talked about relaxation and gathering information about dental procedures. Our Edmond dentist would like you to understand that the longer you put off going to the dentist, the more involved your appointment may be. As we stated in part one of this series, we are here to help you through every step of the way. The dentist will answer any questions you may have and the staff will be understanding of your anxiety or phobia.
If you’d like to book your next dental appointment, please call our Edmond dentist at 405-330-5458 or click here.