Approximately 30 million Americans are afraid of the dentist, so if you feel anxiety about your next check-up, you certainly aren’t alone!
Still, you should never skip your routine cleaning because your oral health is linked to your whole body’s health. We’re the Levittown area’s 24-hour dentist, and we want you to enjoy your appointment with us. Here are some great ways to calm your fears and have a more pleasant experience the next time you go to the dentist:
Communicate with Your Dentist
Talk to your dental office about your concerns. If the staff doesn’t respond with empathy, then they aren’t the right fit for you. Later, just before your check-up begins, ask anyone who is working with you to explain each step of the cleaning. You can also agree on a signal (like raising your hand) that says “Stop!” even when your mouth is too full to talk.
Make a Soothing Playlist
Escape the loud drills and suction tubes of the dentist’s office when you plug in a pair of headphones. You can listen to your favorite music or podcast and zone out while your dentist works. Remember to speak with your dentist first and arrange an easy way for them to get your attention while you listen to some tunes.
Practice Relaxation Techniques
With the right techniques, you can activate your body’s natural relaxation response and feel more at ease. Try methods like deep breathing, meditation, and progressive relaxation. These techniques are designed to loosen your muscles and slow your heartbeat.
Schedule Your Appointment for a Weekday Afternoon
If your dentist’s office is at its busiest, then you are more likely to feel nervous and on-edge. Choose an appointment during a quiet afternoon when most kids are in school and adults are at work. This will also lead to a shorter wait time.
Reward Yourself Afterwards
Plan a reward for conquering your fears. After your check-up, go to a movie, visit a nice restaurant, or buy a cool new gadget you’ve been eyeing. With luck, the anticipation of your upcoming treat will make your routine cleaning seem less daunting.
Most Importantly, Choose the Right Dentist!
At AC Dental of Langhorne, we understand that many people find visiting the dentist stressful. That’s why our caring staff treats every patient with kindness and compassion. Call 267-544-7017, and schedule an appointment for your next routine teeth cleaning or dental extraction in Fairless Hills!