Five Ways To Stay Calm And Get The Dental Work Done

Five Ways To Stay Calm And Get The Dental Work Done

There are many patients that feel anxious or fearful about visiting the dentist. They may have had a bad experience at the dentist when they were a child, maybe they had a traumatic injury, or they may have had very little contact with dentists. This can cause dental fear. Dental phobia is having such a strong fear of the dentist that it causes anxiety, panic attacks, and even high blood pressure. If you often feel panicked about the thought of dental visits, here are a few tips for you to keep yourself calm and get the dental work done. 

Ways To Stay Calm And Get The Dental Work Done

  • Talk to your dentist

While it might seem obvious, this is probably the most important thing you need to do. Yes, it’s awkward to discuss why you want to put off your dental work, but dentists have seen it all. They have worked with all kinds of patients, and there is nothing they are embarrassed about. They understand that not everyone likes going to the dentist, and that’s perfectly okay.

Speaking to your dentist about your anxiety, fears, and pain will help your dental team understand your situation and can help you feel more comfortable.

  • Understand the procedure

Knowing what to expect is half the battle. Getting dental work done is not usually fun, but knowing everything that will take place beforehand can take the edge off.

Many patients feel apprehensive about an upcoming dental procedure because they are not sure exactly what’s going to happen. In many cases, this anxiety can be alleviated by making sure you understand what’s going to happen. Our doctors can walk you through each step of the procedure and discuss what you can expect before, during, and after your appointment. For patients that experience dental anxiety, we offer sedation dentistry. Sedation dentistry allows patients to relax during their procedure and allows them to safely undergo longer or more complicated treatments.

  • Practice relaxation techniques
  1. Breathe deeply. Deep breathing will help you relax.
  2. Listen to relaxing music.
  3. Take a calming bath.
  4. Talk to a friend or family member.
  5. Practice yoga.
  • Schedule your appointment when you’re most relaxed

Schedule your appointment when you don’t have a lot of responsibilities on your plate. If you’ve got a lot going on in your life, it can be difficult to find the time to relax. Try not to schedule your appointment when you’ve got a full day of errands or a big project due at work.

  • Get dental insurance

If you are anxious about the cost of dental treatments, dental insurance can help you. Dental insurance plans are one of the best ways to not only cover the costs that you’ll accrue during dental care but also help to encourage you to get the treatments that you need.

Dental insurance can help you to get regular teeth cleanings and exams, as well as restorative treatments like fillings, crowns, and bridges. Some plans even cover cosmetic treatments like teeth whitening.

Call Arden Dental Center at (630) 529-0303 or schedule an appointment online today to learn more about our dental procedures. 


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