5 Tips for Managing Dental Anxiety

Did you know that as many as 40 million people across the nation admit to having a fear or anxiety about the dentist? There are a lot of different reasons to feel fear towards going to the dentist that could stem from any number of things. If you are someone who avoids the dentist due to dental anxiety, you are not alone. Here at your Richmond dental clinic, we want to make sure that everyone gets the dental care they need to stay healthy. We’ve got five tips for you to help you manage your fear or anxiety so you can seek the best medical treatment.

1. Talk to us when you schedule your appointment at the Richmond dental clinic.

We are very experienced in working with clients who have been avoiding the dentist for years due to anxiety. Talk to us when you schedule your appointment, and we can offer solutions such as a prescribed sedative you can take before your appointment, or “laughing gas” during your appointment, to help you feel relaxed.

2. Bring in your own music.

We do play music in the office to help you relax, but we know that everyone loves their favorite songs. After a brief consultation about your health and hygiene, you can break out the earphones and listen to your favorite relaxing tunes. If we need your attention, we’ll get it – meanwhile, you can escape.

3. Schedule during a time at the Richman dental clinic when you aren’t in a rush.

If you’ve been avoiding the dentist, or you just have to get through some anxiety to have your annual check up, it’s always a good idea to remove any outside stress before you come. Don’t schedule a long appointment for your short lunch break, and try not to have any appointments after your dental checkup.

4. Teach us your secret hand signal.

When you have dental equipment in your mouth and you begin to feel anxious or even panicked, it’s hard to say “stop”. If you are worried about not being able to communicate, ask the staff and dentist at the Richman dental clinic to stop if you hold up a certain hand signal. It could be tapping us lightly on the arm, waving, holding up three fingers, whatever you are most comfortable with.

5. Focus on breathing.

Finally, we notice that many anxious patients tend to hold their breath when nervous. Focus on breathing slowly and evenly to keep yourself calm during your check up.

To schedule your appointment today, contact us at 604-370-1000, and ask about our sedation techniques for anxiety.


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