How to Manage Being Scared and Stressed at the Dentist

Nervous About Your Appointment at SET Teeth Straightening and Whitening?

If you get anxious about going to the dentist, you’re not alone. Not by a long shot. Some studies show nearly three-fourths of American adults experience anxiety or outright fear when they even think about visiting the dentist. About 1 in 10 Americans experience enough fear to classify it as a phobia. It’s okay. We at SET Teeth Straightening and Whitening know going to a normal dentist can seem scary!

But avoiding dental care as a result of dental anxiety can result in serious consequences for you and your teeth. The foundation of a healthy smile is good oral hygiene and regular visits to your primary dentist. Even if you’re nervous about going to the dentist, it’s extremely important to do what’s necessary to keep your mouth clean and your smile bright.

SET strives to create a different atmosphere than a normal dentists office. We want all of our Fairfield, CT patients to be as comfortable as possible when they visit our office, so we do everything we can to give our guests a comfortable, calming environment. There are a few things you can do on your own though whether preparing for a visit to SET or your regular dentist  to help make your visit a little easier.

1. Talk it out

If you’re stressed about your upcoming visit to our Fairfield office, one of the best things you can do is talk with us about it. Having a clear understanding of what your visit will be like – even visualizing what will occur during your appointment – can do wonders. It’s possible we can make special accommodations to make things more comfortable for you. You’re not the first person who’s been worried about a visit and you won’t be the last! We’re here to help.

2. Plan your appointment well

Yes, life is stressful. But you don’t need the stress of life to cause extra anxiety during your dental appointment. If you’re already nervous about your visit, it won’t help to carry in the anxiety of a bad day at work. Schedule your appointment for a day when you don’t have anything big going on outside of your appointment. If you have an appointment scheduled or whitening planned, try to keep the rest of the day clear. That way, your mind can be rested and fresh for your procedure.

3. Take deep breaths

We all know that deep, relaxing breaths can help reduce our stress, but sometimes we need a reminder. If you’re feeling anxiety about your visit as you drive to our office or you begin feeling fear as you sit in our waiting room, begin by taking a deep breath in, holding it for a second, and slowly letting it out. That’s the most basic start toward relaxation, and it works for almost any situation. Continue relaxing breaths throughout your appointment.

Whatever the cause of your anxiety over a visit to our office for your cleaning or other dental procedure, we can manage it together. We want all our patients to be as comfortable as possible, and we want you to look at your visit to the dentist as a good thing. If you have any questions about a dental procedure, or if there is something we can do to ease your worry, contact us. We’ll work as a team to keep your next visit to the dentist stress-free!

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