If you experience anxiety when you have to see your dentist, you may be experiencing dental phobia or dental anxiety, and you are not alone. If fear is preventing you from getting treatment in Broomfield, Colorado for your oral health, we are happy to help. To help you feel more relaxed and comfortable in the dental chair, our Denver Restorative Dentistry dental team encourages you to do the following things:
Talk to the Dentist
Tell Dr. Taylor Goggins how you feel when you are in his office. Make sure he knows about your dental fears and phobias. If your dentist knows, he will be able to determine the best way to manage and help your situation.
Music helps many people relax, so bring an iPod or CD player into the office with you. Listen to calming music throughout your treatment so you can maintain a slow and steady heartbeat and so you won’t feel as nervous.
Discuss Dental Sedation
Dental sedation is a great tool that relaxes many patients when they visit the dentist’s office. We are pleased to offer sedatives like oral sedation, nitrous oxide sedation, and IV sedation for our patients struggling with dental anxiety. We encourage you to talk to your dentist and discuss your sedative options.
Determine a “stop” signal
Having a stop signal will help you have the control you want during your appointment. Whenever you feel nervous, scared, or uncomfortable, just show your dentist the signal and he will give you the break you need. The signal could be something as simple as raising your hand, blinking three times, or making a coughing sound.
As you do these things, you will notice your anxiety slowly melting away and you will finally feel comfortable in the dental chair. If you would like more tips on how to treat dental anxiety, call Denver Restorative Dentistry today at 303-427-4120. Dr. Taylor Goggins and our friendly dental team are happy to help you in any way we can!