Some tips to ‘help’ with fear of the dentist..
If you are anxious, here are some tips and suggestions that may help:
- Visit us first to meet our Staff. See the place and take away some information.
- Let us know that you’re anxious, but more importantly WHY, so we can talk about this during your 1st exam.
- Try to book an appointment time early in the morning, so you have less time to dwell on it.
- The first appointment will simply be a check-up, there will be no treatment. Unless of course you’re in pain and want us to help!
- See this first exam as your chance to get to know us, and talk about your concerns. Beforehand, ask yourself WHY you fear the dentist, and discuss it with us.
- You can of course bring a friend or family member with you to your appointment. (hopefully one that doesn’t fear ‘the dentist’!). We’re happy for them to come in surgery, with you – should you so wish.
- We can agree a sign or gesture to indicate that you need a break or want to stop. It can be as simple as raising your hand, and will help you feel more in control.
- If you think it will help, start gradually with a say an exam and x-rays, then a clean and polish, and work up to more extensive treatment once you’ve built up trust and confidence with us. If you feel that this is just something you cannot manage, we can of course always refer you for treatment under Sedation.
- If sounds in surgery trigger your anxiety, by all means bring some music to listen to through earphones during your exam. It can help you relax and distract you.
- Finally, and one of the most important things, but often the most difficult – is to try to not pass on your fears and anxiety to your children. Their experiences, will in all likelihood, be vastly different from your ones in the past, and ones that may have prevented you from attending regularly and cared for.