Are you afraid of the dentist? You're not alone! It is estimated that nearly 35 million adults are anxious about visiting and dentist and consequently, postpone their appointment. Don't let anxiety get in the way of a healthy smile! Read our testimonials from our patients. One patient was "terrified of dental work", but said we "were comforting and never once made me feel bad." Another patient who was self-described as "a severe dental phobic" said, "Dr. Reese and his staff were very understanding, supportive and genuinely concerned about my dental experiences and health." We want all of our patients to feel that way so we compiled a list of some tips to make your dental experience more comfortable and minimize nervousness:
1. Don't be uncomfortable telling Dr. Reese or our staff that you are nervous or anxious! It may also be a good idea to arrange a signal with the dental staff (such as raising your hand) to indicate when you are uncomfortable or need them to stop. That way you are in control of your visit!
2. Try to schedule your appointment during a time when you're not in a rush or under mental/physical strain.
3. Get a good night's sleep the day before you appointment.
4. Wear loose and comfortable clothes. - Tight clothes will restrict your movement and make you uncomfortable and agitated.
5. Ask for one of Indianapolis Dentistry's pre-programmed iPods to help you relax!
6. Call our office ahead of time and ask about our multiple sedation options. Sedation Dentistry will allow you to sleep/relax through your appointment and wake up refreshed with little to no memory of your appointment.
7. Ask about Laser Dentistry! Unlike needle and drill dentistry, our Waterlase MD™ laser can perform many traditional dental procedures with fewer shots, less anesthesia, and in many cases, without pain. Waterlase uses a unique combination of laser energy and water to provide gentler, more precise treatment that conserves healthy tooth structure, and minimizes pain and discomfort. In addition, procedures that once took several appointments to complete, such as multiple fillings, can now be finished in just one visit.
REMEMBER... There are major consequences to skipping dental visits! Avoiding dental visits means you are missing a chance to identify and treat dental problems well before they become major health issues. Diagnostic testing, oral cancer screening, x-rays, cleanings can all go a long way to ensuring your dental health through preventative care.
Stop postponing your health! Call Indianapolis Dentistry today at 317-882-0228 to schedule an appointment!