Don’t Fear Your Dentist
Dentists are often seen as scary people, but many of them have been doing this for a long time and know what they’re doing. If you’ve been having some trouble with your teeth or gums, there’s no need to fear the Long Beach dentist! In fact, it can be one of the most rewarding experiences in life.
Bring someone you trust with you if possible when going to the dentist. This way, they can help you feel more at ease by asking questions and providing moral support.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions or voice any concerns you have during a visit. It’s important that your dental assistant is meeting all of your needs and that you are getting the best care possible. Talk to your dentist and ask them about any fears or concerns with dentistry procedures before they begin work on your mouth.
Use breathing techniques as well as relaxation methods like yoga, meditation, progressive muscle relaxation exercises, guided imagery and visualization when experiencing discomfort during dental treatment.
Ask for nitrous oxide (laughing gas) if anxiety is preventing you from calming down enough to be treated effectively by a trained professional.
Don’t eat anything at least two hours before going to the dentist. That means no heavy meals or chewing gum before your appointment.
You deserve to feel comfortable at the dentist, so don’t be afraid! You can find resources for more information on how to get help from organizations such as Dental Fear Central or the Association of Oral Maxillofacial Surgeons. It’s very common for people who have had traumatic experiences in their past to suffer from some level of trepidation going into a treatment session; there are methods available that may make this easier if you let your dentist know what they are before starting work on your mouth, and they’re often able to help make your next visit an anxiety-free one.