We understand a trip to the dentist can be a little nerve-wracking for a lot of people, but some of us experience higher levels of anxiety which we refer to as ‘Dental Anxiety”.
With the help of our dental professionals at Coolangatta Dental Group, we have summarised a few strategies to support you through your dental journey in order to make you feel more comfortable and at ease.
Tip 1: Communication
Tip 2: Music & Meditation
Over many years we have come to learn the sounds of the dental practice can have an affect on patients. Plug in your headphones and listen to your favourite music during your visit. Better yet, why not listen to a podcast or a guided meditation to help you through your time in the dental chair? This is a great idea if the sounds of the dental tools and devices contribute to you anxiety. Load up a playlist with your favourite tunes and escape into your music while your dentist gets to work. Think of it as ‘time out” and before you know it, you’ll be on your merry way.
Tip 3: Support
Bring along a friend that can offer support you and help ease your anxiety. Our team understand a dental experience can be overwhelming and by having someone familiar in the room with you will have a calming effect.
Tip 4: Talk it Out
Tip 5: Essential Oils
Tip 6: IV Sedation
Tip 6: IV Sedation
Last but not least – prevention! The best way to combat your anxiety is to prevent the need for intricate dental treatment in the first place. Regular dental visits for examinations and cleans will actually reduce your dental anxiety in the long term as you continue to develop trust with your dentist and you prevent the need for more complex treatments down the line. Making sure you are maintaining a good oral health routine and taking care of your teeth sufficiently may also reduce your time spent at the dentist, as you will know your teeth are likely in tip-top shape.
Everyone is different and we all handle anxiety differently. These are just some of the more common ways to help you feel comfortable at the dentist.
Make a booking online at any of our three Coolangatta Dental clinics and allow us to put you at ease on your dental journey.