If you’re afraid of the dentist and haven’t told your dentist yet, it’s ok! While dentists are used to seeing nervous patients, they would prefer that you communicate your anxiety with them up front so they can best accommodate you. If you admit you have fears and anxieties as soon as you’re in the office, they may even be able to address them right away so that you can be distracted from your fear and focus on your treatment instead. Some ways you might ask a dentist for accommodations are as follows:
Speak up about your fears
Talk about your fears with the dentist about what bothers you about going to them. Are you worried about the pain that might come along with dental treatments? Or are you afraid because you don’t know what’s going to happen? Either way, it’s important to let the dentist know so that they can handle your care in a way that makes you feel the most comfortable it can be.
Take someone you trust along with you
If you’re nervous about seeing the dentist alone, ask a friend or family member to come with you to your appointment. Having a good support system can also help you feel more relaxed and comfortable while you’re at the dentist’s office. Plus, having a friend or loved one there to hold your hand or give you encouragement is a great thing to have during any medical appointment.
Agree on a signal
Some dental offices may give you a buzzer that lets you notify your dentist that you need a break for any reason. Or else, you can use a hand signal if you need a break or if you feel uncomfortable. Don’t be afraid to speak up about your anxiety, and don’t be afraid to ask for what you need so you can feel comfortable and relaxed while you’re in a dentist’s chair.
Bring a distraction
One of the things that may make you feel most anxious is the thought of sitting in the dentist’s chair for a long period of time. Try bringing something that can distract you while you’re being worked on so the time goes by faster.
Ask for sedation dentistry
If nothing else helps, sedation dentistry can help. Ask your dentist about the dental sedation options available. The common types of sedation include oral sedation and nitrous oxide; they can help you feel relaxed and comfortable in the dental office.
To find out more about the dental services we offer at Eric J. Sadler, DDS & Associates, Winston-Salem, NC, call (336) 744-1300 or schedule an online consultation. You can also visit the dentist in Winston-Salem, NC, at 3801 Indiana Avenue, Winston-Salem, NC, 27105.