Sedation dentistry is a great treatment for people in the Orlando area who can’t relax at the dentist. But before you decide to try sedation dentistry, there are many things you can try that can help you have a more relaxing dental experience. Here are some things to try.
Get a New Dentist
Not all dentists are the same. Some dentists are more relaxing to work with than others. If you are currently anxious about going to the dentist, it may be a good idea to find a new dentist. If you’ve had a bad experience at this dentist, you may associate everything about the office with your bad experience: the decor, the paint, the sounds, the smells, and even your dentist’s voice can trigger your anxiety. Just getting a different dentist may be what you need to help you relax.
Visit the Dentist
I know this sounds counterintuitive, but much dental anxiety stems from unfamiliarity. The dentist is a stranger who violates your personal space and has power over you (more on this later). That can cause your anxiety to increase. Plus the more you avoid the dentist, the more likely you are to need invasive procedures.
So visiting the dentist regularly serves a double purpose: you get to know them better and you only need a simple cleaning most times you visit. You’re building positive experiences to protect you against anxiety.
Practice Good Home Care
Practicing good home care can also help you avoid invasive dental procedures. Brush twice every day and floss every night, and you’ll find that you have much easier dental visits. Cleanings will be a breeze, and you won’t need as many fillings or other procedures.
Listen to Music to Relax
Music is calming. It’s even been scientifically proven to reduce anxiety after dental treatments. Many people also report that it helps them relax before and during dental treatment. There’s no evidence that one type of music is more effective than others for helping people relax–you need to pick the kind of music that is best for you.
Stress eating is generally bad, we know. It’s bad for your diet and bad for your teeth. But that doesn’t mean you can’t try it for specific situations like a dental appointment. There are some foods you can eat before your dental appointment to help you calm down. But don’t forget to brush before you come to the office–especially after eating chocolate.
One of the best things you can do for your dental anxiety is to take control of the situation. You are in charge of your dental treatment, and don’t let the dentist forget it. Ask questions about the procedure to be performed. Don’t give authorization to proceed until you are comfortable that you know what is going to be done. Ask that your dentist explain each step before it’s performed. And reserve the right to ask your dentist to stop at any point so you can relax.
Once you realize that you’re in control, you’ll probably feel a lot better about your dental care.
If you are still anxious about your dental care, maybe you are a good candidate for sedation dentistry.