Do you suffer from anxiety before a dental visit? Do you put off necessary treatment because you are afraid? Don't worry- you're not alone. The American Journal of the American Dental Association has estimated that close to 30 million people have fears of visiting the dentist. At Great Neck and Mid-Island Dental Associates we strive to make each visit as comfortable and worry-free as possible. Below are some helpful tips that can eliminate that fear.
1. Listen To Your Favorite Tunes: Music is a great way to get your mind off your visit. Bring your headphones and an Mp3 player next time you come in and listen to your favorite bands while getting a procedure done. Whether you're listening to Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, or Maroon 5- your visit will surely go by quicker.
2. Who, What, Where, When, Why: For many patients anxiety comes from the "not knowing" and we want to change that. Ask our assistants and hygienists what they're doing, how it will benefit you, and what the outcome will be. Understanding these things will help ease anxiety because you will know what to expect.
3. Make A List: Regardless if you are afraid of needles and drills or have had a bad experience with your previous dentist, we want to know. Create a list of your concerns and bring it with you to your next dental appointment. We encourage all of our patients to voice their fears that way we can work together to minimize stress and make visits more comfortable.