One of the common reasons why some of our patients skip their bi-annual dental cleanings is because of the anxiety that is associated with visiting the dentist. For some patients, they would prefer to not hear about potential dental problems, and for others, they’re scared of the implications of needing dental work. These implications can include the cost or potential discomfort of the necessary procedure. At Ashley Dental, we’re here to remind you that in addition to consistent dental hygiene practices, the best thing you can do to avoid expensive or painful treatments is to ensure you’re seeing us on a regular basis. This way, we can catch small issues before they evolve into more serious problems.
Our approach to dentistry always has your best interests in mind. We believe in constant communication and education to make sure you are at ease. We don’t just care about your dental health, we also want you to feel comfortable when you’re at Ashley Dental. If you’re feeling anxious at your next dental visit, try some of these tips to help you relax, and help manage dental anxiety.
How to Manage Dental Anxiety
At Ashley Dental we always take the time to explain all of the options available to you. By having a greater understanding of what we do, we hope that you’ll be able to unwind and have an enjoyable experience. Never hesitate to ask questions. There is no question that is too simple or too silly! If you have recurring anxiety when it comes to going to the dentist, let us know. We will do everything in our power to help you to relax. Whether it’s pain tolerance, or if you just need to take a break, let us know before we begin so we can help you manage dental anxiety throughout your entire appointment.
Bring Along a Distraction
To help manage your dental anxiety, we recommend you bring something to help keep your mind off your appointment. Bring in headphones to listen to music or a podcast, a stress ball, or any small handheld item that can serve as a distraction. We promise to deliver the highest quality service, but if that’s not enough to relax your mind, we completely understand the need for a distraction.
Use Relaxation Techniques
Deep breathing techniques like exhaling for longer than you inhale, or counting your breaths are certain ways you can help manage your anxiety in any situation, including in a dentist’s chair. Taking time to relax your body, like letting your tongue drop from the roof of your mouth, allowing your shoulders to fall, and unclenching your jaw are all small ways to get your body to unwind.
At Ashley Dental, we strive to deliver high quality and painless dental procedures. Typically, our regular teeth cleanings only run about 30 minutes! If you struggle with dental anxiety our professional and friendly staff with go above and beyond to make sure you are as comfortable as possible. We recommend you schedule teeth cleanings twice a year, so to ensure the health of your teeth, contact us today to make your appointment.