The time has come for your dental cleaning and exam, but you’re a little nervous. You are not alone in your worries. You may be surprised to learn that dental fears and anxieties are quite common.
Many people, even adults, are nervous about potential discomfort during treatment, a feeling of helplessness, or embarrassment. Some people even avoid going to the dentist entirely, until they’re in a lot of pain.
Luckily, there are some ways that you and your dentist can overcome your nervousness together and avoid only coming in when you’re in immense pain.
These 6 powerful secrets to overcoming dental fear are really quite simple!
Tell your dentist about your fears immediately.
From your very first phone call to schedule a reservation, be honest and upfront about your fears. That way, our Exceptional Dentistry team can meet your dental needs while helping you feel comfortable. We even offer a comfort menu to all of our patients, to ensure a relaxing experience.
Go to your first visit with someone you trust.
Bring a close relative or a friend who does not have any dental fears with you to your first visit. Having them there can really put you at ease.
Establish a signal.
Dr. James D. Powell has his patients raise their left hand. This lets him know if they are uncomfortable and would like to stop for a minute. Having a signal can give you the chance to rinse, or even catch a breath.
Seek distraction while in the dental chair.
Listen to music with headphones during treatment. New music that you haven’t heard before is best. That way, you’ll be more interested and focused on it. We provide Bose headphones and iPods for our patients to use during their visits. You can also watch Netflix on our movie glasses.
Try relaxation techniques.
Controlled breathing may be helpful. Take a deep breath, hold it, and release it slowly. Another useful technique is called progressive muscle relaxation. Tense and relax different muscle groups one at a time.
Use our NuCalm Relaxation system.
NuCalm® is a safe, proven neuroscience technology that quickly and naturally relaxes you. It leverages biochemistry, neurophysiology, and physics to ease your mind and body into a state of recovering, healing, and rebuilding.
It uses four components which work together to bring the body to a deep state of calm. It only takes about 3 minutes to get started, and you will feel the relaxation effects in 3-5 minutes.
NuCalm is unique because it creates deep relaxation without using narcotics or controlled substances, causes no side effects, and requires no recuperative time or supervision.
We invite you to contact our relaxing dental office today and join many of our other patients in actually enjoying a trip to the dentist. We’d love to discuss your dental and comfort needs. Schedule a reservation with us in Palmdale, California. Our team is excited to serve you!