Dental anxiety is a feeling that some patients experience. While most patients manage it by themselves, there are some that need a bit of help. Fear of the dentist may be triggered by many things: a bad experience with a previous dentist, the sound of drills or smells at the dentist’s office, or even nervousness about going in for dental treatment. Whatever the cause, dental anxiety can make it very difficult to get proper dental care.
If you are anxious about visiting the dentist, you should find a dentist who is sympathetic to people with dental anxiety and will work with you during appointments to ensure you feel comfortable.
Tips and Tricks for Coping During an Appointment
At Cygnet Dental, we try to minimize fears and anxieties in a number of ways.
- We properly inform the patient of the procedure. It’s important that you know what to expect so you’re not caught off guard when certain things happen during treatment. For example, some people find it helpful if they’re told ahead of time that they may feel pressure on their gums while the dentist works on them. This way, they can mentally prepare themselves for what’s coming next rather than feeling surprised when it happens!
- We offer the use of headphones during the procedure if the patient benefits by isolating themselves during the procedure and listening to their choice of music. Patients can put themselves in a familiar environment by listening to their own music or by tuning in to our provided Spotify access.
- We have spacious and open operatories so a loved-one can accompany the patient for support. Not being in a small enclosed room can prevent patients from feeling trapped.
- We offer sedation during procedures so patients can feel at ease. We offer nitrous oxide (laughing gas), oral sedation, and intravenous (IV) sedation. These options help make going to the dentist more comfortable and relaxing because they ensure your fears are not running rampant during procedures.
Whatever your level of anxiety, our cheerful team at Cygnet Dental hope to always make your experience a welcoming and pleasant one.