A visit to our Buena Park cosmetic dentistry offices will help you get a beautiful smile that lasts a lifetime. However, that doesn’t mean many people don’t feel a little anxious about visiting the dentist. Here are some ways you can overcome dental anxiety.
Have a plan
We understand that it is very difficult to communicate when your mouth is full of dental tools. That’s why we think it’s a great idea to work out some hand signals with our dentists beforehand. That way you can communicate any discomfort you’re feeling right away.
Have a chat
It’s important to remember your dentist has been a patient just like you. They have experiences with visits to dental offices they can share. It’s important you feel comfortable enough with your dentist to tell them when you’re uncomfortable. That helps find a common ground that will help to alleviate anxiety.
Have a break
Our Buena Park cosmetic dentistry procedures rarely need to be done all at once. If you find yourself getting a little anxious you can usually take a break to let things calm down a bit. It’s not unusual to feel a little claustrophobic during a procedure. If you find yourself feeling this way, just let our dentists know it’s time for a break.
Take a friend
Sometimes, just having a friend at your side when you go to the dentist is enough to alleviate your anxiety. Research has shown that many people suffer from a fear of the dentist because of the associated lack of control. Having someone comfortable and familiar at your side is soothing and comforting.
Ask your dentist to explain the procedure
If your dentist explains the procedure ahead of time, it can make you feel better. If you can meet them in their office and they can walk you through the whole process, you’ll know what to expect when the day comes. Make sure your dentist explains how long you’ll feel the aftereffects of their work.
When all else fails, you might want to consider some mild medication to help alleviate your anxiety. There are a variety of medicines available. Most patients won’t need to take this route. Still, it’s good to know it’s available because it’s a better option than not getting proper dental care. Our Buena Park cosmetic dentistry professionals are always available to answer any and all of your questions.