Tips for Getting Past Your Dental Anxiety

For many individuals, even a routine checkup at the dentist can seem stressful. Sanford Dental Excellence is dedicated to making your experience as comfortable as possible, and we pride ourselves on offering our Orlando patients safe and effective sedation dentistry services. Here are some simple tips to help relieve the tension of any visit to the dentist:

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Get Acquainted

Does the idea of even a simple teeth cleaning fill you with dread? If so, be sure to choose a dentist with whom you feel comfortable. If you are choosing a new dentist, opt for one who doesn’t jump right into the cleaning in the first visit, but instead sits to chat about your medical history, your hobbies, and your family. Finding a dentist who shows empathy and has a good chair-side manner are two big factors in reducing dental anxiety.

Check Out The Equipment

If dental instruments make you especially nervous, ask your dentist to explain the function of each one so they seem less foreign. If you have a sensitive gag reflex or are still anxious, consider visiting a dentist who specializes in sedation dentistry. A sedation dentist can use an oral sedative or an IV drip to put you into a drowsy and sleepy state while you remain safely conscious.

Make Yourself at Home

If you feel uncomfortable lying back in a dentist’s chair because you suffer from head or neck pain, ask your dentist to adjust your chair or try using pillows to ease muscle tension. Many dentists today provide soothing music, blankets, and light dimming glasses to make you feel at home.

Sanford Dental Excellence believes that patients should never have to put off dental treatment because they are apprehensive. Call our sedation dentists today at 407-268-6409 to learn how we can make your visit as pleasant and relaxed as possible.

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