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How to overcome dental anxiety

How to overcome dental anxiety

by Southside Dental - Toowoomba 17/12/2018
  1. Take it one step at a time! The first thing you need to do is just call us. Tell us that yore nervous and you would like an appointment, and here at Southside Dental Toowoomba, we will do the rest.

  2. Give us as much information as possible over the phone. If you've had a bad experience or have had trauma of some kind, let us know, so we can figure out the best way of helping you. If you're uncomfortable telling us over the phone, don/t worry, you can tell the dentist at your first appointment

  3. Keep in mind that dentistry has evolved into a kinder and gentler, patient focused service. At Southside Dental Toowoomba we offer the option of happy gas to every patient, this may be beneficial to you if you're an anxious patient. Also remember that each dentist strives to give you a pain free dental experience from the start to finish of your appointment.

  4. Book your appointment on a stress-free day. Avoid booking your appointment on a day that you know you can't be late to work, or you need to pick up your kids etc. This will prevent the day being more stressful than necessary. Allow enough lee way time before and after your appointments, so you can be as relaxed as possible. Take advantage of our late night and Saturday appointments.

  5. Eat before your appointments, as low blood sugar levels can cause you to feel more anxious. Also, your dentist may give you a local anaesthetic and advise you not to eat for a few hours after your appointment.

  6. Consider who you bring to your appointment. If your kids stress you out, don't bring them! If you're bringing your mother as a support person but she gets more upset/anxious than you, don't bring her either! If you decide to bring someone, ensure they value the importance of your health and are willing to motivate you to keep going! Keep in mind that the job of the dentist and nurse is to keep you calm and supported, so you will be absolutely fine by yourself!

  7. Communicate with your dentist and nurse throughout your appointment. If you need a break, or you feel pain let them know straight away.

  8. Stay positive! Congratulate yourself for making it to the dentist and having the courage to go through the treatment. Remind yourself that taking care of your teeth now will prevent pain and worry in the future.

  9. Keep on schedule for your six monthly dental exams and cleans. This way the dentist can catch any problems early and prevent you from having to undergo any major dental treatment.

  10. We offer happy gas. Happy gas is extremely successful in alleviating any anxiety and making you feel comfortable. The good thing with happy gas is that it will be gone out of your system the moment we are done.

Dr Kavitha Sri