Questions You’ve Always Wanted Your Dentist to Answer
You all know that going to the dentist is one of my least favourite things to do, I’ve shared my experience at the dentist and my tips on how you can conquer dental dread.
But, those are just my tips on how I handle things.
Haven’t you ever wanted to hear it straight from the horse’s mouth?
I had the opportunity to interview Dr. Klein and ask him all about dental dread, anxiety, dental freezing and more! Now you can rest easy and be prepared for your next dentist appointment.
With over 50% of Canadians suffering from dental dread, it’s good to know that we have options and shouldn’t be afraid of asking questions.
1. What advice can you give patients that have dental dread and anxiety
While a number of my patients experience dental dread, our team responds to the individual needs of our patients, ensuring that patient values always guide our expert advice and clinical decisions.
Here are some of the tips I share with my patients:
- Wear sunglasses to help you relax.
- Try meditation techniques such as relaxed breathing during your appointment.
- Take earbuds to each appointment and listen to your favourite music or podcast.
- Have a frank discussion with your dentist to address any dental dread you might experience before each appointment.
2. How long does it take for dental freezing to wear off?
Common routine dental procedures including cavity and crown preparations, veneers and periodontal scaling require soft tissue anesthesia which can lead to embarrassing side effects from being numb. These effects typically last up to 2.5 hours.
3. What are some relaxation tips do you have that patients can do before arriving?
If you’re dreading a visit, be sure to talk to your dentist. There are many options available to make your visit more enjoyable before, during and after.
4. Do new patients have the chance to meet the team and the hygienists before getting procedures done?
A trusted dentist who is committed to providing patient-centric care is vital to leading a healthy lifestyle – always talk to your dentist and don’t feel embarrassed to ask for a tour or to meet a new team.
5. What do you recommend to minimize dental freezing times?
New solutions have recently come to market which helps patients reduce dental freezing time, including Septodont, which is manufactured right here in Canada.
We Have Options
There you have it folks, these are all great tips and insight coming from a professional! One of the things that excite me most is that we have options.
There are ways to calm ourselves down even before we have a procedure done.
Also, being able to reduce lingering soft-tissue anesthesia after the procedure is already winning to me.
With the support and following these tips, you can fight dental dread and anxiety.
Do you have any tips to add to help others conquer dental dread?
Let me know, til then–cheers m’deres!
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Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist, lifestyle content creator, and editor of Whispered Inspirations. She is a proud Mom to Gabby and Michaela, and wife to Darasak. Having worked as part of a health care team for almost a decade, Nancy is happy to be back to her passion. She is a contributor to the Huffington Post, TODAY’s Parents, and an Oprah Magazine Brand Ambassador.