Managing Dental Anxiety
When you go to the dentist you may not consider it as an activity that is enjoyable, instead, it may seem rather uncomfortable having a dentist put their hands and their tools inside of your mouth. At our dental office, we do our absolute best to help you manage your dental anxiety so that you have a positive experience. We have a great staff that is willing to assist you always so that your dental visit is as comfortable as possible.
Many people who have dental anxiety may refuse to go to the dentist at all and will constantly allow themselves to suffer the pain. Keep in mind that going to the dentist regularly is very important to not just your oral health but to your general health too.
Dr. Aileen Trivedi a Friendly Dentist
The first part of managing dental anxiety is to select a dentist that you will feel comfortable with. When you have Dr. Aileen Trivedi as your care provider you will notice that she is easy going and friendly. She will help you combat your fears by explaining to you the entire process so that you know all that will be going on. If at any time during the procedure you get scared do not worry as our clinic has many ways to help patients such as nitrous oxide, we also give every patient an electric blanket for long procedures, we can give noise cancelling headphones, and if you forgot your phone, we have our own devices, loaded with relaxing music. We also use aromatherapy during the procedure, and a warm lavender wipe when the procedure ends. We offer an array of flavored coffees and teas to make your dental visit even more pleasant. The reason we provide such services is that we care about each of our patients and want to give them the best experience possible so that their fear of going to the dentist can be reduced.
Keep Yourself Busy
If you are the type of person that hates hearing drills and suction tubes be sure that you bring along earplugs or headphones so that you do not have to hear the sounds. If you bring your smartphone or iPod you can listen to your favorite music as a mode of distraction and it will take your mind off of the dental procedure going on.
Methods of Relaxation
Many times, when patients come to our dental office we advise that they try controlled breathing techniques which greatly help them to relax and reduce their anxiety. Some of our patients even choose to meditate, pray, and visualize images in their mind so that they are not frightened throughout the course of the treatment. If at any time during the procedure you feel scared, do not hesitate to tell us. Dr. Trivedi and the team will do our best to help you by taking a big breath in, holding it in and letting it out slowly so that it can help you relax and ultimately slowdown that rapid heartbeat. Another method of relaxing is using sedation dentistry, like nitrous oxide (laughing gas). Freedom Dental adds, "With nitrous oxide, you have flexible options to make your experience as comfortable as necessary. Whether you plan the appointment with laughing gas well in advance, or want to request it at the time of your appointment, its ease of use and proven safety make it the perfect choice for our patients that are looking to “take the edge off.”"
Working Towards Overcoming the Fear
If you are the type of person that would like to receive slow dental work, then it is OK with us. We will do the procedure a little bit at a time so that you can get used to being in a dental facility, seeing equipment, and having the dentist check your mouth. In the long run, it does not matter how slow of a procedure that you decide to have if you are getting the right dental treatment and slowly working towards treating the dental anxiety which you have been dealing with for the longest time.
Practicing Good Dental Hygiene
The best advice for overcoming your dental fears is to maintain good dental habits. If you brush your teeth twice a day, floss daily, and take care of your teeth then going to the dentist will not be as scary for you. The reason for this is that once you come to Dr. Trivedi she will know by the condition of the teeth that they are healthy and are well-cared for. Even if there are some problems such as cavity or two, she will be kind and will encourage you by providing some advice and a treatment plan according to your needs. Be sure to mention to her that you have dental anxiety so that she is aware and can help you work towards getting rid of that fear.
If you believe that you are needing to visit a dentist do not delay due to your dental anxiety. Keep in mind that it is the goal of our dentist to treat you in such a way that your dental visit will be as comfortable as possible. Do not avoid getting the dental services on a regular basis because if you do, then there may be the need for more procedures later which could potentially cause you more dental anxiety in the long run. With the passage of time, your anxiety will tend to grow and will affect you in such a way that your health will be greatly affected. According to research, it has been found that around twenty percent of children are scared to go to the dentist, one of the primary factors of this is because their parents are also afraid. Kids whose parents have dental anxiety are two times as likely to have it themselves. So, why not treat the problem so that you can overcome the fear and avoid passing it on to your kids? Schedule an appointment with Dr. Aileen Trivedi so that you can discuss a plan of care that is right for you. The dental anxiety does not have to be permanent as we can assist you in so many ways that you will begin to enjoy coming to the dentist.