Do you suffer from dental anxiety and phobias?
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 paralysing and hopeless it may seem or how long it has been, we want you to feel at home. Our entire team is 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 computerised equipment, to sterilisation systems. We use the latest techniques and materials 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
- Talk to us. If you’re tense or anxious, we want you to express your concerns. Talking to us will help us to tailor and adapt the treatment to meet your needs.
- Focus on regular and deep breathing during your procedure. When we get nervous, we naturally tend to hold our breath. This decreases oxygen levels and can increase feelings of panic and anxiety. So a dedicated focus on deep and regular breathing acts like mediation, helping to reduce stress levels.
- Distract yourself with headphones. Our skilled dentists can work with patients wearing headphones while they listen to music or audiobooks. Why not use a fidget spinner or other kinaestethic device such as a stress ball to aid in distraction.
- Avoid caffeine and sugary foods, which can stimulate patients before dental procedures. Eat foods which produce a calming effect, such as protein-rich foods.
- Use hand signals such as raising your hand when you want the dentist to stop straightaway. Use this signal whenever you’re uncomfortable, you need to rinse your mouth or even if you just need to catch your breath.
Make your dental appointment in Mooroolbark today
Take the first step to achieving a fabulous smile and top oral health, by contacting us to make a dental appointment. Call us on 9726 7955 to experience the Mooroolbark Family Dental difference.
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