What can I do to make my visit better?
Many people get nervous at the thought of visiting the dentist. Quite frankly, I used to be that way also, which is why I have some insight into what you might be going through. But don’t let your nerves stop you from having regular appointments, though. We have many patients who have had that issue to overcome. However, waiting too long to take care of your teeth may make things worse, even at the global health level. Here are a few tips to make your visit easier:
•Tell the dentist and dental staff that you are feeling anxious. Getting your concerns out in the open will let your dentist adapt the treatment to your needs.
•Try to choose a time for your dental visit when you’re less likely to be rushed or under pressure. For some people, that means an early-morning appointment or maybe a last patient appointment.
•If the sound of the drill bothers you, bring a portable audio player and headset so you can listen to your favorite music. During the dental visit you might try visualizing yourself someplace relaxing, like on a warm beach. There are times where we use aroma therapy.
• Ask your dentist if there are medications he or she can give you to help you relax (this is sometimes called “sedation dentistry”).
I write this information to try and help patients. And given recent research and the relationship of your oral health to your global health, you can’t afford to not see your dentist on a regular basis. So if there is anything we can do, please feel free to contact us.
Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC
290 Carpenter Drive, 200A
Atlanta (Sandy Springs), GA 30328
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