Overcoming Dental Visit Nerves

Can’t sleep before your cleaning, or feeling jittery with nerves as you sit in the waiting room? We hope you’re not avoiding your cleanings all together, but if you are, you’re not alone. Many people skip out on dental visits out of fear, and even more experience serious anxiety leading up to a visit. Here at Artistic Dentistry we know that a visit to the dentist, no matter how routine, can be a nerve-wracking experience. We strive to make our office as tranquil and comfortable as possible, and we offer a variety of services to guarantee a relaxing and worry free visit.

dark haired girl holding her head with dental anxiety

In Advance

  • Talk to Us
  • If you’re nervous about your upcoming visit, the best thing to do is to give us a call and let us know. We can talk you through your options, and put you at ease before your visit.

  • Just Breathe
  • As simple as it may sound, if you’re stressed out about an upcoming visit to the dentist, try to take a deep breath and relax. Focusing on your breath, even try counting them–this will release the tension in your mind and your body. This trick can help you relax when you get to the office, too.

In the Waiting Room

We strive to make our office feel like home. In our waiting room, we offer complimentary refreshments, free wifi, and headphones to listen to music. We hope you’ll be able to settle in, relax, and maybe even distract yourself a bit as you wait for your appointment.

In the Chair

Feel free to grab a blanket and pillow to cozy up with during your appointment. Our office offers state of the art technology, including a number of services that can make you even more comfortable during your visit.

  • Nitrous Oxide
  • A good option for people with mild dental anxiety. Also known as “laughing gas,” nitrous oxide won’t put the patient to sleep, but will relax them when inhaled through a mask, and maybe even give them the giggles.

  • Oral Consciousness Sedation
  • For more severe anxiety, oral consciousness sedation is an option. This prescribed anti-anxiety medication will relax the patient during the procedure, while they will remain awake and able to communicate.

  • IV Sedation
  • Another route for those with severe dental anxiety, delivered intravenously. Relaxation goes into effect quickly, and we can adjust the levels to suit your needs.

We can assure you that we’re here to make your next trip to the dentist as laid back as possible. Thinking about sedation? Contact us and we can talk through your options for your next appointment in more depth.

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