Does the thought of sitting in that dental chair make you feel nervous? Maybe you are afraid that the exam might hurt, or maybe it’s been a while. You are unsure of what sort of cavities or gum problems the dentist may find and dread what the procedures to follow may be.
Whatever your reasoning, please know that the dental team at Murfreesboro Family Dentistry is here for you with patience and understanding. Adults and children alike sometimes experience fear when they have to visit the dentist. Here are some tips to help ease your fears and help you feel more comfortable during your dentist visit:
Tip #1 – Don’t Be Afraid to Speak Up!
Don’t hesitate to tell the dental team that you are feeling nervous or anxious about your visit. When you book your appointment be sure to tell the receptionist that you are nervous about dental visits.
The dentist can offer suggestions and coping strategies that may help you and answer any questions you may have before you even sit in the chair.
Tip #2 – Agree on a Signal.
If you feel you may need a break during an exam, let the dentist know. You can indicate that you need a minute by simply raising your hand.
Tip #3 – Try Distraction.
Bring headphones and listen to your favorite podcast, an audiobook, or some music (just don’t start bopping in the chair, that makes it tricky to complete your exam properly). Keep your hands busy with a squishy stress ball or fidget toy.
Tip #4 – Practice Mindfulness.
Try some deep breathing exercises before your exam, count to 3 or 5 on both your inhale and exhale, and focus only on your breathing. Another technique is to concentrate on relaxing your body, one section at a time. You can start by relaxing your legs and working your way up, or vice versa. Envision the tension as a colorful glowing light and with each exhale, the tension leaves your body.
Tip #5 – Opt for Nitrous Oxide.
We routinely offer nitrous oxide to patients to help you feel more at ease. The nitrous oxide will be fully out of your system by the time you are ready to leave, so you can get on with your day without and fogginess, but can get through your dental procedure with ease.
Murfreesboro Family Dentistry understands you may not feel super comfortable with the dentist, and we are here to help. Contact us today for an appointment, and be sure to express your concerns to the receptionist.