No one really loves going to the dentist, but it is a necessity. It’s important to have at least a yearly checkup with the dentist, even if it is the very last thing you want to do. So how can you turn feelings of dread about going to the dentist into something a little bit more positive? There are a few ways you can feel more comfortable at the dentist.
Because going to the dentist doesn’t need to be a dreaded experience and can be something that you actually look forward to. Here are four ways to feel more comfortable about visiting your dentist, ensuring that you always have clean teeth and a healthy mouth.
Get to know your dentist better
After all, information is power. Also knowing someone helps to feel more comfortable around them, especially someone like our dentist.
Research their office and all the people who work there. Read the reviews and testimonials. Look at where your dentist got their degree and how long their offices have been open. If it will help even look up to see there are no dental embezzlement investigations that they are undergoing.
The chances are there aren’t. You will feel more and more assured that your dentist and their staff just want to take care of your teeth.
Even better than looking up and cyberstalking your dentist is to actually just set up a short meeting with them.
Sometimes it might make you a little more at ease to meet with your dentist before you are put in a situation where your anxiety is already super high.
Having a more casual or informational meeting beforehand could help you to put your mind at ease about when you actually have to come in for a procedure.
Ask a lot of questions
Remember this is your mouth and your teeth, so you can decide what happens to them.
Either in the meeting beforehand or during the procedure feel free to ask questions about what your dentist is doing. Have them explain in detail what they are doing, and if you are confused or don’t understand why they are doing it don’t be afraid to ask for further clarification.
Speak out if appropriate
One of the best ways to feel more comfortable when you visit your dentist is to learn when to speak up if you need to.
You might be in the middle of a procedure- whether it’s a tooth cleaning or something more invasive. If you are feeling uncomfortable, say something. Ask them to stop and to adjust what they are doing or to give you more numbing cream or pain medicine.
If you would rather not get shots and prefer a topical anesthetic, let the dentist know. There could be other aspects of your visit that make you uncomfortable. Things like chair position or things that make you gag can be uncomfortable. Make sure to discuss other options with your dentist if this is the case. By doing so, you won’t have to fear them or ever feel indisposed when you visit the dentist.
In the end, your dentist wants you to be as comfortable as possible. They will want to help in any way they can, but there are a few things you can do to help! Consider these four main factors when visiting next.