Some patients truly have a hard time or struggle with anxiety about seeing the dentist. For some patients, it’s been years since they last saw a dentist in Austin. For other folks, they’re regular dental patients… but they still feel butterflies when it’s time for treatment.
We’re here to tell you that having a relaxing dental experience every time you visit the office, no matter what the reason, is and should always be an option. No one should miss out on having a healthy smile because they’re unable to relax at the dentist. Here are some of the tips we tell our patients who struggle with this personally or have a family member that’s unsure about seeing the dentist.
Forget What You Think You Know About Dentistry
This tip is for everyone who hasn’t seen the dentist in a few years or more. If you’re not having your teeth cleaned because the sights, sounds, and smells of dentistry give you anxiety, there’s good news. Over the years, treatments and technology have completely revolutionized how dentistry is delivered. You’ll experience it from the moment you first visit your Austin dentist. There are so many new tools and advancements to show you! The way we care for smiles has changed, and you’re going to find you feel more comfort and less worry during any treatment.
Talk to Your Dentist (No Really)
Don’t just go through the motions when you see the dentist, especially if there’s something that gives you fear or anxiety. Make that the first thing you tell us before we even discuss what’s going on with your smile. Let us know what you’re feeling and what you’d like to do about your smile. It’s just that easy. If you’re not ready to talk just yet, why not send us an email or message online? All we want to do is start a conversation with you, at your own pace and always without pressure or obligation.
By communicating with us, your stress levels should lower because you’re learning more about what to expect during your appointment, as we get to know you and your needs. Trust us when we say we see patients every day who are not too excited about having to sit in the dental chair, even for something as routine as a cleaning. We have the right tools and training to make sure you’re always feeling comfortable and at ease.
Don’t Rush! Take Your Time
If you’re not comfortable with seeing the dentist, you can always take it slow. Call us and schedule some time to talk. We don’t even necessarily have to look at your mouth; we want to hear your concerns and absolutely do our best to alleviate your dental anxiety. This will help you build your relationships with us, helping you feel more like you’re with family than in the dental chair.
Breathe in. Breathe Out.
Focusing on your breathing is very effective at lowering your stress levels and blood pressure, helping you to feel more at ease. We recommend trying it before your dental visits (and anytime you’re feeling stressed).
Try the 4-7-8 breathing technique or relaxed breathing. It’s sure to help you remember to focus on your breath and relax, instead of dreading your time with the dentist. Try:
1) Breathing in for 4 seconds
2) Holding the breath for 7 seconds
3) Exhaling for 8 seconds.
Some people say doing this deep, rhythmic breathing can even help them fall asleep in as little as one minute. Imagine sleeping in the dental chair free from anxiety, all thanks to deep, relaxing breaths.
We hope you found something here today that will help you feel better about seeing the dentist. You’re always welcome to call our Austin dental office with questions or concerns about your dental anxiety. Trust us when we say you’re not alone!