If you have anxiety about visiting the dentist, you are not alone. Between 9% and 20% of Americans avoid going to the dentist due to fear and anxiety. A bad experience, the sights, smells, and the buzzing and drilling sounds can be overwhelming. If this sounds like you, continue to keep reading. Our team at Belvedere has come up with a few easy ways to help manage your anxiety in our practice.
Common reasons people fear going to the dentist.
There are several reasons why people fear the dentist. A few include: a painful or unpleasant experience, a fear of sharp tools or needles, or embarrassment. Here at Belvedere, we are here to help make visiting the dentist a comfortable experience. Below are a few tips we think are important to help make your
experience less stressful.
- Talk with your dentist at Belvedere about your fears and anxiety. Let us know what makes you feel more comfortable and less anxious. Ask your dentist to explain what’s happening at every stage of the appointment so that you know upfront.
- Ask your dentist to take breaks. If you are feeling overwhelmed, take a break and breath. Don’t be afraid to ask your dentist for a few minutes to yourself.
- Book early appointments. We open at 8 AM Monday and Wednesday and 7 AM Tuesday and Thursday. When scheduling an appointment request for an earlier time. You and your dentist will be able to handle stress better when things aren’t as busy.
- Avoid any caffeinated beverages. Skip your morning coffee before you visit the dentist. This will help you feel less anxious and shaky. Eat a healthy breakfast and drink lots of water before coming in.
- Bring a friend or family member with you to your appointment. Let a family member or friend drive you to your appointment and wait in the waiting room with you. Having someone close to you will help with any anxiety and stress.
If you have any further questions about dental anxiety, feel free to call us at 704-927-5499. Schedule an appointment today with our easy online scheduler. We look forward to helping improve your oral health!