By Smart Family Dental Care
January 13, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Anxiety  

Dental AnxietyDental anxiety is an unfortunate, yet common concern for our patients. Whether you had a bad experience with a dentist in the past, or you are afraid of going to the doctor in general, you can be assured that our Norcross, GA dentist staff will take every step possible to make you comfortable during your visit.

We recommend taking the following steps in reducing your dental anxiety, which can help you have a more pleasant experience:

Talk To Us Ahead of Your Visit
 

While we understand that all patients may have some fear of the dentist, we understand each person has unique dental anxieties. By calling us ahead of time to explain your concerns, we are better able to work with you to achieve a comfortable appointment. This can include increasing communication about what we are doing, playing music that comforts you, or creating a hand signal that indicates when you may need a break from a cleaning or dental procedure. There are many steps we can take to help - you need only tell us in advance so we can prepare.

Take Anxiety-Relieving Measures Prior to Your Appointment


Getting a good night’s rest prior to your dentist’s appointment can help you to feel better and less anxious. You should also avoid drinking caffeinated beverages prior to coming to our Norcross, GA dentist’s office because this could make you feel more jittery and nervous. High-protein food options, such as a meal of grilled chicken, turkey sandwich or handful of nuts can create a calming effect.

Focus on Your Breathing


When you undergo a dental treatment, holding your breath can only make you feel more panicked. Practice breathing in and out through your nose prior to your appointment to slow your breath. You can also think of positive thoughts to focus on, such as a favorite place or happy memory. This can reduce your anxiety and help you feel more at ease during your appointment.

For more information on how our Norcross, GA dentist’s office can relieve your dental anxiety, please call our office at (770) 446-5700.

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