Do you have anxiety attacks right before going to the dentist?
Having an open dialogue with one of our dentists can help you. Our professional team members at Procopio Towle Dental Office understand that people are nervous or have phobias about being at the dental office because we have helped other people like you. Bring your music and headphones for your appointment. Music is especially useful if one of your specific anxiety triggers is the sound of the dental office. You may need to listen for directions from one of our team members, so keep the volume at a reasonable level. There are also some great meditation apps where you can learn how to put yourself into a more relaxed state. The great thing about this is that it can help you with more than just your dental anxiety. This visualization technique can seem overly simple, but sometimes simplicity is just what you need. Just close your eyes and imagine the one place in the world that makes you feel the most at ease. Imagine the park, the beach at sunset, or another scene in your mind and pretend you are there.
Alternative Options – Nitrous Oxide “Laughing gas” or Diazepam (Valium)
When being open with one of our dentists, listening to music, visualization, or mediation does not help your dental anxiety; it’s time to consider nitrous oxide, “laughing gas”, or ask for a prescription of Valium. Often, you will be relaxed enough that we can provide you with the necessary treatments, and we can accomplish more in one appointment to prevent having to prolong how long the full treatment plan will take. It can be easier to know that you will have a comfortable and one significant appointment rather than several smaller appointments.