Do you get butterflies in your stomach on the way to your dental appointment? Have you been putting off a visit to the dentist because of a past bad experience? Having a fear of the dentist is very common and there is nothing to be ashamed of!
Although our doctors at Risas Dental are always very gentle and caring, we understand this may not be enough to calm your nerves. So, what are some ways to help? Here are some ideas that you can try the next time you are visiting our office:
1. Bring your headphones
Is it mostly the noise coming from all the tools that’s making you anxious? Next time you come, bring your headphones and listen to some music that will calm you down or will put you in a better mood.
2. Watch something on TV
Did you know that every exam room at Risas Dental has a TV above the patient’s chair? Ask us to put on your favorite show while the doctor is working on your mouth which can help distract you.
3. Bring a squeeze toy
Sometimes it’s as easy as channeling your energy towards something else, like a stress ball. Squeeze hard on that squeeze toy before, during, or after your appointment to help transfer your worries elsewhere.
4. Try breathing exercises
While you are waiting to be seen by the doctor, take a few minutes to breathe deeply. Try counting to 3 or 5 while inhaling and then the same while exhaling. This may help relax some of the tension you are feeling.
5. Ask questions
We love questions! We’re happy to answer any questions you may have to help you feel more comfortable about your visit and treatment plan. This is also an opportunity to share any concerns you have and allow our doctors to give you reassurance.
6. Find the perfect timing
If you are flexible with your appointment time and don’t want to be thinking about it all day, ask us to schedule you for a morning visit. If you feel that you’ll be more relaxed during an afternoon or evening, try a later appointment. We are open from 9am to 8pm Monday through Saturday.
Remember, avoiding dental visits can only lead you to more expensive and painful issues later on.
Always let the Risas team know if you are nervous when you come in and we will do everything we can to make your visit a pleasant experience!