Just the anticipation of the dental drill can make some people nervous enough to avoid their dentist for months, or even years!
The fear of the experience is usually worse than any actual discomfort. Fortunately, in my North Las Vegas dental practice, we utilize the best dental techniques for helping you to be calm and comfortable during your visit.
Tips for Staying Relaxed at the Dentist
There are a few things you can do to help yourself relax.
Tell us about your anxiety.
There’s no shame in being nervous—it’s a pretty common experience.
If you tell us about your fears, we can take a few extra steps to help set up a more comfortable visit for you, and we can discuss some additional options for medication and sedation.
My team and I are here to listen to your concerns and previous experiences at the dental office. Once those concerns are identified and addressed then myself and my team can make any necessary adjustments to help make you comfortable in the chair.
We promise it’s an experience like you have never had before in a dental office before!
Bring your headphones.
Whether it’s music, an audiobook, or your favorite podcast, you can distract yourself during your procedure and soothe your nerves with headphones.
I recommend choosing something that will help you relax. I love a wide variety of music, so even if you forget your headphones, there’s always music playing in the office.
Take a deep breath.
Nervous people tend to hold their breath, increasing their heart rate and blood pressure.
Before you sit down for your appointment, take a minute to meditate and practice deep breathing exercises to bring yourself down a notch or two. This is also important to remember during the appointment.
Once we get started, it’s always good to remember to take big deep breathes through your nose to help you relax. Holding your breath will only accentuate whatever you think you are feeling.
In addition to the local anesthetics we use to numb the area we’re working on, there are also several sedation techniques that vary from “help with just a little bit of nervousness” to “I don’t want to be conscious anymore.”
As with any type of medicine, we try to aim for the most conservative method that meets your needs. At one end of the scale, there are oral medications (such as Valium) to calm the patient’s nerves. At the other, general anesthesia is used for the most complex treatments. With general anesthesia, the patient will stay in a deep sleep throughout the procedure, and it may require performing the treatment at another facility.
Talk to Your North Las Vegas Dentist to Decide What the Best Course Is for You.
Anxiety about the dentist is a common problem, but Dentistry for Families in North Las Vegas is here to help you get the best dental experience possible. My goal is to ensure all of my patients receive safe, effective, and comfortable dental care.
Want to further discuss how we can help you relax at your next dental appointment? Give us a call to learn more.
~Dr. Zachary Soard