Many people experience anxiety before visiting the dentist’s office. If you find yourself with sweaty palms and feeling anxious just thinking of scheduling an appointment, Dr. Schmidt and her team of dental phobia experts at our office can help you feel more comfortable in your seat.
Coming to Terms With Dental Anxiety
Our compassionate team of dentists treats many patients suffering from dental anxiety in NYC. Since over 40 million Americans don’t visit the dentist due to fear and anxiety, we’ve put together a few tips and tricks to make the visit as relaxing as possible. If you or a loved one feels anxious before going to the dentist, these tips can help you on your way to a healthier smile!
Ways to Prepare for a Relaxing Visit to the Dentist
Seeing a dentist regularly is the best way to take care of your teeth and smile. While there’s no way to guarantee you won’t be a little nervous about visiting the dentist, these tips effectively put your mind at ease.
Communication and Trust
A very important factor in overcoming dental fear and anxiety is open communication with your dentist. When you feel knowledgeable and in control of the situation, you are usually less anxious.
”It’s normal for patients to feel nervous or stressed when visiting a doctor or dentist,” explains Dr. Nargiz Schmidt, DDS, a specialized Prosthodontist who developed unique treatment protocols to make her patients feel at ease when undergoing dental procedures. This is why patients should have an open discussion with our understanding team before beginning any treatment. Our specialized team is trained to treat patients who deal with dental anxiety. We offer comfortable techniques and medication like IV sedation that make your dental care manageable.
Manage Your Comfort Level
In addition to sharing your fears with our team, the following tips can help you feel more comfortable when visiting a dentist.
- Listen to some music: If listening to the drill bothers you, throw your headphones on and listen to some calming tunes!
- Be mindful of your diet: Caffeine can increase stress levels, so it’s best to cut caffeine before your visit. Eating high-protein foods can help calm you down.
- Pick a low-stress appointment time: Not ready to see the dentist after work? No problem! We offer weekend appointments too!
- Focus your breathing: Nervous people tend to hold their breath. By focusing on slow and steady breathing, you can help stay calm throughout your treatment.
Picking a Low-Stress Appointment Time
Deciding on the best time of day or evening to visit the dentist, is a decision that can really take stress off your back and make you smile. Our highly trained team has years of experience treating patients who suffer from dental anxiety. Contact us today and we will help you choose the best appointment time for you!