Are you an anxious patient?
If you are one of the thousands who suffer from dental anxiety, you are not alone. As an anxious patient perhaps you’re scared the visit might hurt or you haven’t been in a while and not sure what the dentist will find. Whatever your reason for your anxiety, we will make sure your dental and your emotional health are taken care of.
No matter how paralyzing and hopeless it may seem or how long it has been, at Mooroolbark Family Dental, we want you to feel at home, our entire team are very warm and understanding especially when it comes to dealing with dental anxiety and phobias. We will take the time to discuss your specific phobias and anxiety or concerns to make sure that they are all addressed. From our dental staff to our dentists, each member is gentle, compassionate and caring.
As an anxious patient it may help to know our practice employs the very best technology available in dentistry today ranging from digital x-rays, various computerized equipment, to sterilization systems. Latest techniques and materials are utilized to help maximize your comfort. Full personal attention awaits you.
Some tips for staying calm and easing your dental anxiety when you visit the dentist
1. Talk to us. If you’re tense or anxious we want you to express your concerns. Talking to us about your anxiety will help us adapt the treatment to your needs.
2. Focus on breathing regularly and slowly during your procedure. When we get nervous we tend to hold our breath, which decreases oxygen levels and further increases feelings of panic. A focus on slow, regular breathing helps reduce stress levels, much like in some meditation techniques.
3. Distract yourself. Wear headphones. If the sound of the drill bothers you, bring headphones so you can listen to your favorite music or audiobook. Occupy your hands by squeezing a stress ball or playing with a small handheld object, like a fidget spinner.
4. Avoid caffeine and sugary foods. If possible try to avoid drinks that contain caffeine before a dental appointment. Eat foods which produce a calming effect, high-protein foods are a good choice -unlike sugary foods.
5. Use hand signals. Another helpful strategy is to establish a signal — such as raising your hand — when you want the dentist to immediately stop. Use this signal whenever you are uncomfortable, need to rinse your mouth, or simply need to catch your breath.
Sufficient time is allocated for each of our patients so there is no rushing through your procedure to get to the next patient. We want to make your visit as comfortable as possible, please let one of our friendly dental staff know you’re anxious. Please call us on 03 9726 7955.