Articles 10 Tips for Nervous Patients
It is estimated that around 10 percent of the population suffers from dental anxiety and a much higher proportion admits to feeling apprehensive when the times comes to visit the dentist. At Harley Street Dental Studio, we understand that many patients feel anxious about undergoing dental treatment. We have an experienced, caring team and a range of techniques and treatments at our disposal to help you feel more comfortable. If you’re a nervous patient, hopefully these 10 top tips will help.
- Keep up to date with regular check-ups
The more you go to the dentist, the lower the chance that you’ll need treatment. If you can pluck up the courage to go to the dentist initially, this will stand you in good stead for the months and years to come.
- Speak to your dentist
We are here to help you, so please don’t hesitate to talk to us, and tell us how you feel. Our aim is to make every patient feel as relaxed as possible.
- Think positively
Positive thinking can do you the power of good. Think about how good you’ll feel when you’ve been to the dentist and you don’ have to go again for 6 or 12 months.
- Keep busy
Lots of people feel more apprehensive when they’ve got time to think. Try and keep busy if you’re feeling nervous. If you’re anxiously waiting in the waiting room, we will happily put a film or a TV programme on for you and provide you with magazines.
- Rationalise the situation
Many people build up a dreadful picture in their head of what is going to happen and then leave the dental chair wondering why on earth they were so worried. A routine check-up lasts five minutes, and there’s absolutely no pain involved.
- Understand that your dentist is there to help
Some people fear the dentist because they’re embarrassed about their dental health or they’re worried about being told off. Always remember that your dentist is there to help, not to judge. Your dentist looks at teeth and gums all day long, so it’s very unlikely you’ll be showing them anything they’ve not seen before.
- Stay calm
It’s difficult to stay calm if you’re nervous, but try and take deep breaths, and don’t get yourself too worked up. Before you know it, it’ll all be over!
- Discuss treatment options with your dentist
There are lots of things we can do to help nervous patients. If you’re anxious about having dental treatment, it may be possible to carry out the procedure under sedation, for example. Your dentist will always be happy to discuss the options with you.
- Ask questions
If you’ve questions whirling around in your head, don’t be afraid to ask your dentist. Your dentist can give you answers, which will help to put your mind at ease. It’s important that you understand what’s going on and you know what to expect.
- Be brave!
Feeling anxious is horrible, but the longer you leave going to the dentist, the higher the risk of dental problems like gum disease and cavities. Be brave, and take that first step. We will be happy to show you around and have a chat with you before you make your first appointment if that will help you to feel more relaxed.
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