Fear of going to a Fresno dentist, also known as dental phobia, is something that many people experience. There have even been cases where a patient’s first visit to the dentist is when they are in their 30’s. Don’t let the fear of visiting the dentist put your oral health at risk.
Here are some tips to ease your anxieties before your next visit to Dr. Chavez, your local Fresno dentist:
Get to know your Fresno dentist
Find a dentist that you have heard good things about. Ask friends and family who they use. Hearing that those close to you trust in a dentist will give you confidence in him, too.
Dentist offices are full of hard working and friendly people. Once you have found someone you like, try visiting the office before your appointment. It will ease your mind to meet the staff before your first appointment with them.
The best way to conquer your fear is to get it over with right away. Schedule your appointment for first thing in the morning. Having your visit earlier in the day will allow you to not spend a whole lot of time worrying over it.
Take a friend with you to your appointment. It will help to know that someone close to you is in the office. A good friend or family member will be able to give you peace of mind that everything is okay.
Have a Fresno dentist walk you through the tools that they will be using and be sure to ask lots of questions. Some tools may look frightening. Having a better understanding of what the tools are used for will allow you to know what to expect.
Work out a signal with your dentist or dental hygienist to alert them if you are feeling uncomfortable or need a break. It can be as simple as raising a hand or pointing a finger. Having a signal will help you feel more and in control of the situation.
Bring your own tunes with you! Music is a powerful tool and can help keep emotions in check. Also, wearing headphones will drown out the different noises the tools make.
Fresno Sedation Dentistry
Don’t let the word sedation scare you off. Fresno Sedation dentistry is perfect for those with high anxiety about going to the dentist. Ask your dentist about the different sedation options available. Remember, it is important to see a dentist on a regular basis. Sedation dentistry will ease anxieties, and you will have little to no memory of the experience afterward.
Be sure to tell your Fresno Dentist about your health history and any medications you are on.
If you are in Fresno, Clovis, or the surrounding areas and are seeking Fresno sedation dentistry, give Chavez Family Dental a call. Ask the friendly staff at Chavez Family Dental to see how they can help you out at your next appointment.