Dental Tips Blog

Sep
15

Tips to Reduce Your Anxiety During Dental Care

Being nervous at the dental office isn’t as uncommon as you might think. Anxiety related to dental care is an everyday occurrence that your dentist understands. Even some dental professionals feel a little nervous when it’s time to have a procedure done! Here are some tips to help you stay as comfortable as possible during your dental visit:

Ask for Laughing Gas

Nitrous oxide is a perfect way to relax through your dental appointment. You can even request it if you’re having a simple procedure like a routine cleaning. The gas is inhaled through a soft nosepiece that is worn during the treatments, and it helps relax the patient within just a few minutes. You can even go right back to work after your visit! 

Schedule Appointments First Thing in The Morning

Having an earlier appointment helps prevent stress and anxiety that build up all day while you’re waiting for a dental appointment. If you don’t like going to the dentist in general, going first thing in the day and “getting it over with” can help tremendously, especially for young children. 

Check Out Other Sedation Options

Other sedation dentistry alternatives may be an option that your dentist offers. For example, oral sedation can make someone feel like they’re taking a nap, and the effects last for 4 or 5 hours at a time. This makes for a perfect opportunity to catch up on all of your dental needs at one time.

Feel free to communicate your needs to your dentist and their team. Doing this helps them to offer more personalized care, especially if they don’t know you’re nervous.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Michael Juban, Juban Dental Care

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