If visiting the dentist is a source of anxiety for you, it doesn’t have to be. Dr. James DeFinnis, a Trucksville, PA, dentist, offers sedation dentistry to ease anxiety and make dental appointments relaxing. Today, Back Mountain Dental has some tips that you can follow to make your visit less scary, even pleasant
What You Can Do to Relax Before Your Dental Appointment
- Research. Ask your friends and coworkers about their dentists and look at the dentists in your area. Research patient reviews online to narrow down your search, and look at the websites of the dentists who stick out the most to you. Patient testimonials, photo galleries, and treatment listings will give you a better idea of what the dentists do and how experienced they are.
- Schedule an Appointment. This is an important step in overcoming anxiety, both figuratively and literally. You are taking control of your fear and your dental health when you call or go online and set a dental appointment. When you call the dental practice for an appointment, ask them any questions that you might have, including driving directions and what you will need to bring to your appointment.
- Make a list. Write down your questions and concerns. Include all of your anxieties about your dental treatment, as well as the reasons for your appointment. Have the list ready to take to your appointment and refer to it when speaking to your dentist. The list will help the dentist and dental team understand your situation and provide the care that you need.
- Relax. Try to do something relaxing before your appointment like walking outside, taking a warm bath, yoga, deep breathing, or meditation, or listening to your favorite music on the way to your appointment. Deep breathing while you’re in the waiting room and during your appointment will help keep the experience relaxing.
- Be punctual. If you leave for and arrive early for your appointment, you won’t feel the added anxiety from rushing to the dental office and speeding through paperwork. You can read some of your favorite reading material while you wait, to keep your mind occupied.
- Make yourself at home. Bring along a pillow, blanket, or favorite CD—anything that might help you feel more comfortable. Your doctor might provide items that can provide comfort for you.
At our office, we provide safe IV sedation dentistry to help you relax and stay comfortable during your dental appointment. Your comfort and safety are our biggest priorities. Call our Trucksville, PA, dental practice today at 570-763-4360 for your appointment with Dr. DeFinnis.