Don’t make excuses to put off your root canal! We want to share 3 ways to help you reduce your anxiety and have a pain free dental experience.
1: Find an Accommodating Dentist that You Can Trust
One simple way to determine how accommodating a dental office is: Call and Ask. A lot can be learned by how the front desk handles your phone conversation. Do they spend time on the phone answering your questions or are they “so busy” that it seems all they want to do is get off the phone. A few questions that you can ask are:
How often do you treat patients with anxiety?
Do you have nitrous oxide available?
Do you offer oral sedatives?
The way the receptionist handles your questions speaks volumes on how the office treats patients with dental phobias.
2: Speak Openly and Honestly About Your Concerns
Pain free and comfortable dental treatment takes a team effort from the patient and the dentist. Be thorough in addressing your anxieties with your dentist. Is it the sights, smells or sounds of a dental office that cause your anxiety? Have previous dentists had a hard time getting you fully numb? By presenting your concerns early in the initial consult, the dentist can appropriately begin to address them.
3: Find an Office Designed to Alleviate Dental Anxieties
During your initial consultation, evaluate how much effort the office has taken to lessen your anxiety. Does the office have noise cancelling headphones?
Does the office take measures to mask dental smells?
Are the waiting and treatment areas appealing and comfortable?
Do the treatment areas have massaging dental chairs?
Ultimately, it takes effort from a caring staff and a caring dentist to help lessen your anxiety and give you a pain free dental experience. Your dental health depends on finding the right care giver to suit your needs.