It can be scary. We understand that.
It’s also why we place such a high priority of patient comfort — both physical and emotional.
If you’ve been avoiding the dental for years or putting off a cleaning or other procedure, then you may be one of the millions of people who struggle with dental anxiety.
It’s OK if you are. It’s also important to know that it is something you can learn to manage. One of the most important things you can do is finding a dentist office, like Newingham Dental Center, where you feel supported and cared for.
To learn more about ways you can feel more at ease about oral health, keep reading. Then call 248-972-8720 to learn more about our office in Birmingham, MI.
Taking a Break is OK
No two patients are the same. Even people similar kinds of anxiety may want to cope with their feelings in different ways.
That’s why it’s important to find a dental practice that wants to get to know you and wants to get to know your concerns. We have worked with countless patients to help them feel more comfortable with dental treatments. This includes everything from cleanings to root canals to teeth replacements.
One of the first things you should know is that will work at a pace that’s comfortable for you. If you need to take a break during a visit, that’s fine. It’s why we offer longer appointments as an option.
This way you won’t feel rushed.
Many people find that just knowing they can say, “I’d like to take a break,” helps them feel more relaxed. Taking a short break can keep you from feeling overwhelmed.
Taking a break every now and then may work for some people, but other people prefer to be distracted when they are at the dentist.
One way to do this is to listen to music or a podcast while you are having your checkup. You can sit back, close your eyes, and drown out that sounds of dental treatment. Many people find that “out of sight (and sound), out of mind” is an effective strategy.
Another option would be to focus your attention on a favorite television show or movie. It’s the reason we have TVs in each of our patient rooms. Just let us know if you would like to watch something while we do our thing.
Ask About Sedation
For patients with higher levels of anxiety, sedation dentistry can be a real smile saver.
Dental sedation has many benefits, but we want to mention three in particular. First, you won’t feel any pain while you are sedation. Second, you won’t gag. And third, you will remain calm and relaxed.
We offer both inhaled sedation (laughing gas) and oral sedation. Feel free to ask any questions to determine which may be right for you.
One Visit at a Time
It’s important to keep in mind that dental anxiety doesn’t disappear in a single visit. However, you may find like many patients before you that each visit to Newingham Dental Center gets a little easier.