Don’t worry, you’re not the only one who gets anxious thinking about someone rooting around in your mouth with a drill or something that makes that oh so lovely buzzing sound.
Going to the dentist can be very daunting and many people can be apprehensive about appointments and treatment because of the pain or bad childhood experiences.
We’re not all bad, in fact, we’ve been told that we are quite nice when it comes to handling patients who are not too keen on the dentists, but we have a few handy tips for you just incase you’re not quite convinced.
- First of all, we live in the 21st century, not the dark ages where they would give you a bottle of whisky and grab the pliers, we’ve come a long way in medicine since then. Before any treatment that could potentially be painful, we will administer an anaesthetic which will numb the area so you won’t feel a thing. WE PROMISE!
- Plan your visit – If you are at all nervous about your visit, feel free to give us a call to ask any questions regarding the treatment you might be interested in and get to know the clinic first before even seeing the dentist. Most of our patients think this is a great introduction to the clinic.
- Tell your dentist you’re anxious, as caring professionals with a great deal of experience treating nervous patients we want to know – so don’t be shy, we’re here to help!
- Book an appointment ASAP – the longer you put it off, the longer you have to talk yourself out of coming.
- Remember that your first appointment is just an examination. No treatment will be carried out at this appointment! The dentist will just have a look in your mouth with a mirror and talk to you. This allows you to build trust with the dentist.
- Bring a friend, relative or partner to the appointment for support! We don’t mind if you bring someone along, having a familiar face can always help put you at ease.
- You are in control, not us! Agree a way of communicating with the dentist when he/she is working so if you need to stop you just raise a hand and they will stop until you are ready to start again.
- Start small – Maybe see the hygienist first for a clean and smaller fillings before building up to larger and longer treatments.
- Bring headphones and your favourite music to the appointment. This can really help you relax and drowns out any drill and background noises.
If you take advantage of one or all of these tips and tactics then your trip to the dentist will be a lot less nerve-wracking.