There are certain doctor visits that are simple to get through, while others make the patients feel far more anxious in terms of what to expect. Two reasons are often the cause of this: either the expectation of a lot of pain or simply the fear of the unknown. If you want to get through this without all the anxiety, there are some helpful things you can do beforehand.
Choose a place to visit mentally that will allow to breathe deeply like the water’s edge or a peaceful meadow and visit this site in your mind before you enter into the office. You’ll find that it’s possible to reach a state of calm before you walk in by letting go of stressful thoughts and enjoying this mental vacation. You can do this in your car or sitting in a park, or even just using a park bench along the sidewalk.
Secondly, you can realize that most of the anxiety comes from not knowing what to expect. If you spend some time talking to the staff or the dentist about what the appointment is going to be like over the phone, you can eliminate this second point of anxiety. Most of the time, they will tell you how long it’s going to take, what it’s going to feel like, etc.
Discussions with previous successful patients will be helpful at this point, since you can see how well it turned out for them and they can let you know what it felt like, in terms of how it’s less than they anticipated it to be. While every procedure is different, you can certainly see from these conversations that it’s worth the time spent and usually far less of an anxious experience than your mind makes it out to be. The way your mind works is that it often builds up the negative perception of an unfamiliar event even though that isn’t warranted in terms of how it’s actually going to be.
There is no need for your visit to the dentist to be as terrible as you imagine, if you will take some time and use these relaxation exercises. Now, it can turn into a visit you look forward to as your chosen dentist helps lengthen your life and improve its quality. With this behind you, you’ll see the benefit of working with a dentist who understands your needs and who will work with you on your dental needs.
Use the online resources or the connections you have with local dentists to start researching who is available on your schedule. From that point on, you already have the steps in place to make sure it’s a great experience and one you’re willing to share with others in the future. If you make your teeth a priority, you’ll be able to have the use of them your entire life.