Are you someone who suffers from dentist anxiety? At Roberts Dental & Facial Rejuvenation, our Tsawwassen dentist Dr. Roberts knows that some people prefer to be somewhere else other than in the dental office. We may love what we do, but if you have dental anxiety, or if you feel like you’re dreading your appointment, it can make you unnecessarily more anxious than what’s typical of someone coming in for their routine checkup.
Here are a few great ideas to help you enjoy — and even look forward to — your next trip to see us:
Avoid Dentist Anxiety: Schedule Your Visit First Thing in the Morning
Did you know that most anxious patients do best when their appointment is booked first thing in the day? That’s because waiting hours until your visit just gives you extra time to worry about what might happen. When you wake up well rested and refreshed, you’ll feel better since there’s minimum down time between getting out of bed and setting back in the dental chair.
Request Relaxation Services like NuCalm
Even if you love your dentist, the idea of having someone look around in your mouth can make some people feel uneasy. Our Tsawwassen cosmetic dentist Dr. Jan Roberts is one of the only providers in the area to offer NuCalm relaxation during your dental appointment.
NuCalm is a safe, neuroscientific way to block out stimuli without using medications or sedatives. The micro current stimulation patches trigger a relaxation response in your neural system, as the noise-proof headphones block out sounds as you listen to relaxing music. Additionally, a light-blocking mask covers your eyes and even makes some people feel as if they are drifting off to sleep.
It may sound quite complex, but NuCalm takes only a few minutes to set up and can be used in practically any dental visit. Most of our NuCalm appointments leave our patients feeling well rested and relaxed, almost as if they had fallen asleep or just left their favorite spa.
Dentist Anxiety: Talk to Us Ahead of Time
The best way to deal with dentist anxiety and enjoy your visit is to express your concerns and needs Dr. Roberts and our team. The more we know about your past dental history (and bad experiences), the better we can help you make sure your appointment is a comfortable and positive one.
Dentist Anxiety: Bring a Pair of Headphones
Listening to your favorite music can help you “tune out” what’s going on around you and help you avoid. Create a playlist and bring your earbuds with you to your next appointment. This should help you feel relaxed and deal with any dentist anxiety.
Find a Dentist Who Relates to You
A great dentist won’t push you to sit through something that you’re uncomfortable with. In fact, the perfect dentist will put your comfort first and work around you, rather than the other way around. It’s not your job to conform to your dentist’s expectations, but rather your dentist’s job to find a way to help you feel at ease while you’re in his or her office.
At Roberts Dental & Facial Rejuvenation, we take your comfort extremely serious. That’s why we incorporate services like NuCalm to help you tune out what’s going on around you. When you’re relaxed, we can work more efficiently. It’s a win-win situation! Contact our Tsawwassen dentist Dr. Jan Roberts at 604-943-3343 to schedule your first NuCalm experience or to book your next dental appointment today. You can also book an appointment online here.