If you are a nervous patient, you are not alone. In fact, approximately 1 in 4 adults confess to being nervous or anxious when it comes to visiting a dental practice. Some nervous patients have so much anxiety that they put their oral health at risk by not attending regular dental check-ups.
We are on a mission to change this, and help patients realise that there really is nothing to be scared of when it comes to your dental treatment. Here are our top tips to help you overcome your dental anxiety.
Talk to us
If you are feeling nervous, the best thing to do is to let us know. We are very experienced in treating nervous patients and even helping them overcome their fear. If we know about your anxiety before your appointment, we can take more time to make you feel comfortable and at ease. Our dentists and dental nurses will be able to answer any questions you may have and talk you through the process.
Visit the practice
We always recommend new patients to visit the practice before they attend their first appointment, whether they are nervous or not. A visit gives you the opportunity to have a look around and get a feel for the practice. You can meet the friendly reception team and ask any questions you may have. It can really reduce your anxiety levels, even from just knowing how long it will take you to travel there from your home.
Bring a friend
We often get asked if bringing a friend along to your appointment is acceptable. Our answer is always that it absolutely is, just make sure that your friend isn’t also a nervous patient. Having a familiar face with you, in an unfamiliar situation will put you at ease. However, after a couple of visits, if we have done our job correctly, we feel that you will be confident enough to attend on your own.
Book an early appointment
The time of day that you book your appointment for can be very important. We would recommend booking yours for early morning. This helped with relieving your anxiety because you don’t have extra time to spend worrying about your appointment. If you are struggling to sleep the night before your appointment, try taking a relaxing bath and listening to some music.
Have you been putting off making an appointment because of your nerves? Now is the perfect time to take control and look after your oral health.
If you have any more questions or concerns about overcoming your dental anxiety, please contact Gwersyllt Dental Care on 01978 757 409. Remember, we are here to help you.