Back Mountain sedation dentist Dr. James DeFinnis strives to help all of his patients receive the dental care they need to maintain healthy teeth and gums, beautiful smiles, and high quality lives. Because he’s an expert of sedation dentistry, however, Dr. DeFinnis understands that, for some patients, receiving the dental care they need and deserve can be a challenge because they have a fear, phobia, or anxiety about dental care and/or going to the dentist.
Anxiety-Reducing Tips from Your Wilkes Barre Dentist
To soothe your fears and ease your mind before taking a seat in the dental chair, Dr. DeFinnis encourages you to try to the following anxiety-reducing methods.
- Quiet your breathing by observing changes in your breathing pattern. If you pick up on any signs of hyperventilation (over-breathing), try replacing it with steady and slow breathing. Calming your breath will also help calm your spirits.
- Give your mind a time out by closing your eyes and focusing on something pleasant—a happy memory, an image of your family, a beautiful beach, etc. This exercise will give you a mental escape from your present situation, and you’ll be more relaxed when you open your eyes.
- Pamper yourself before your appointment if it helps you feel relaxed and confident. Taking a bubble bath or a quick nap are both great options. If you don’t have time to pamper yourself prior to your appointment, set a goal for yourself that you can indulge after your appointment.
- Slow down your response by thinking about why going to the dentist and/or receiving dental care makes you uneasy. If you can identify the problem, you know exactly what to discuss with Dr. DeFinnis at your appointment. If you can’t identify why going to the dentist makes you anxious, you may begin to reevaluate your fear.
- Nurture your inner child by bringing along your “comfort item” to your appointment. If you’d like to listen to music while you’re in the dental chair to drown out the sounds of your dental work and keep you relaxed, simply bring your iPod with you. If you want a blanket or sunglasses to keep you comfortable, just bring them along. We pledge to do our best to keep you comfortable while you’re in the dental chair, but personal items always help.
- Know that it’s okay to ask for help. It is Dr. DeFinnis’ goal and passion to help his patients lead healthy lives, and he’s here to help you every step of the way. If you need help overcoming and coping with your dental anxiety, that’s exactly what we’re trained to do.
How can Dr. DeFinnis Help me Overcome my Dental Anxiety?
For you to cope with your dental fear, all you have to do is call our Scranton dentist office to reserve an appointment and show up for your appointment—we’ll take care of the rest. Using the most innovative and advanced forms of intravenous (IV) sedation, Dr. DeFinnis will keep you safe, comfortable, and relaxed throughout your dental procedure.
Over time, sedation patients of Dr. DeFinnis’ have reported no longer needing sedation while in the dental chair.