Communication Helps Calm Anxiety
Studies prove that the most important factor in overcoming dental anxiety is good dentist-patient communication. “It is natural for people to feel some level of anxiety when visiting a dentist,” “However, if personal anxiety is preventing access to needed care, the patient should have a frank discussion with the dentist before any treatment has been started.Because they are health care professionals, dentists have been trained to treat patients who have anxiety. There are many safe and comfortable techniques available for making dental care more acceptable for anxious patients, including the use of medication.”
Establishing trust and keeping patients informed and in control throughout a visit to the dentist helps calm dental anxiety. One option is for patients to use hand signals to communicate with the dentist throughout a procedure. When a patient feels uncomfortable, he or she can signal the dentist and the dentist stops the procedure. This method of communication empowers patients and makes visiting the dentist less stressful for them.
We fully understand that this first appointment is the most difficult for you to make as you will not yet have been reassured and gained confidence in the team but please be brave and make that call. Dental anxiety can be truly crippling. What we have to remember, is, that if we want good health, dental treatment is necessary. Recent studies have shown definite links between our dental health and our general health.
This means it makes our dental health even more important for us to lead healthy, happy lives. Dental anxiety can be overcome and defeated with a determined effort by dentist and patient. If you are suffering from dental anxiety, take that first step, and make an appointment to meet with us and discuss your concerns and dental issues.
We know from experience that everyone is different. The more you tell us about you, the more quickly we learn to understand what you like or don’t like. For example: Some people feel knowledge is empowering, it helps them feel in control, they want to know just what is happening and why. Others do not want to know at all, they just want Mike to get it over with as soon as possible without explanation.
Reducing Your Anxiety Levels
If you are nervous about an upcoming dental visit, here are some additional ways to curb your anxiety:
Share your fears. If you’re tense or anxious, tell your dentist and the dental team. Expressing your concerns will let your dentist adapt the treatment to your needs.
Focus on breathing regularly and slowly during dental procedures. When you are nervous you tend to hold your breath, which decreases oxygen levels and further increases feelings of panic.
If the sound of the drill bothers you, bring a portable audio player and headset so you can listen to music.
Avoid caffeine before a dental appointment.
Eat high-protein foods which – unlike sugary foods – produce a calming effect.
Try to choose a time for your dental visit when you’re less likely to be rushed or under pressure. For some people, that means a Saturday or an early-morni
Why Am I An Anxiey Patient?
The good news, nobody was born as an anxiety patient. It is rather a previous bad experience that causes the restraints and the brain increases the effect. After a while everything in connection with a dental clinic is becoming annoying, the sound of the drill, the smell of dental materials, etc.
Mainly the originator of this anxiety is a bad experience with the dentist who either didn’t fulfil our trust, was rude or impatient causing the loss of trust.
The dentists at Evergreen Dental are aware, are very patient and take the necessary time allow you to develop trust towards them. This will probably be a very new experience for you. Many patients who for decades believed they are anxiety patients had to realise: they are not.
Comfortable and Gentle Dentistry
It is important to us that you are absolutely confident in how we approach treatment for you. We feel that how you enjoy dentistry is just as important as our expertise, knowledge and technical ability. For this reason we have an in-depth discussion about the entire process of getting treatment. We want to explore exactly what makes you nervous and the things you do not like. This does two key things:
- It allows you to be fully informed before any treatment is carried out and
- It allows us to make adjustments and prepare aspects to ensure excellent dentistry in the most comfortable way possible.
New innovative technology has allowed dentistry to be now perceived in a better light. It is now easier and more comfortable to achieve the type of dentistry you need and want and enjoy a less intimidating experience. These advancements include The Wand, special numbing gels, veneers techniques that do not require drilling and laser dentistry.