Some people have absolutely no worries when it comes to going to the dentist's office. Others get nervous at the mere thought. Most of us fall somewhere in between those two extremes.
If you are one that typically doesn't get too nervous, but sometimes you get a little bit worried before some specific procedures, then it is important to know what options you have to calm yourself down. Here are a few things to do if you find yourself getting nervous prior to a dental procedure.
What to Do if You Get Nervous Before a Dental ProcedureThe first thing to do is talk to your dentist. You may simply be nervous because you aren't sure exactly what to expect. They can then take a minute or two, explain the procedure to you, and that may calm your fears.
Another thing to do is to ask the dentist what type of calming or sedative options you have to relax. Most dental practices have at least one type of sedation option - nitrous oxide. This can help take the edge off the nerves and leave you feeling more comfortable with what is going on.
Finally, if you are really scared, it may be that something else is going on. You may be coming down with something, or you may just have a gut feeling about something that day. If that is the case, ask if you can reschedule your procedure for another day. Sometimes the nerves just won't relax, leaving you in a situation where you may just need a little time.
If you occasionally get nervous when you go to the dentist, please talk to them about it. Them knowing that this is a problem they may face helps them know how to approach your care more effectively.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call us at (425) 502-5867 today.