Dental Anxiety and Phobia

Dental Anxiety and Phobia is Not Uncommon

If you are like 40 percent of the Canadian population, you have a strong fear of dental professionals. We have good news! Since we are not a dentist, we don’t do anything to alter teeth. For example, we don’t do fillings, extract teeth, or use needles! If you need dental work done to your teeth, we will work with your dentist. If you don’t have a dentist, we can refer you to some great dentists in your area!

We Want To Help!

We want you to know that making you feel comfortable and safe at our office is our top priority. Our highly trained staff has been helping nervous patients with their dental anxiety for years. We will do everything we can to ensure that you feel comfortable throughout your appointment. There are solutions, and we are ready to help.

Here are a few popular methods for easing anxiety and phobia in the office:

  • Communication – If you’re nervous about visiting us, please let our reception team know when you book your first dental appointment. It can be hard to talk about fears, but we want to know so we can make sure to take extra precautions during visits. We will always keep you informed before, during and after your treatments, making sure that you understand what is going on and why we are doing it. We welcome your questions, and we encourage you to ask as many questions as you want until you are entirely comfortable to proceed with your appointment.
  • Calming Techniques– Many patients find it helpful to practice controlled breathing or to find distractions inside the room.
  • Taking Breaks –  Need a short break during an appointment? No problem. By signing us with your hand, we can stop the treatment for a short break. 
  • Gag Reflex – Throat sprays can usually control the gag reflex. Two or three sprays will often keep the reflex under control.
  • Take a mirror – Not being able to see what is happening can increase anxiety and make the imagination run wild. Watching the procedure can help keep reality at the forefront of the mind.

What's Your Next Step?

  1. Call or email our office at your convenience to book a consultation appointment. 
  2. If you’re nervous about visiting us, let our team know. 
  3. Take a deep breath! Getting dental work done is a big step, and we appreciate you taking the time to visit us.

CONTACT US

WE ARE OPEN!

A caring, knowledgeable and innovated response to COVID-19

Dear valued customer,

We have great news! Beautiful Smiles Denture Clinic is open for regular service. Our denturists and staff are looking forward to welcoming you back to our new normal. If your appointment was cancelled due to our closure, you will be hearing from us soon to rebook. We have opened up days and extended our hours to help alleviate any delays. Your safety is our top priority. We are taking extra measures to protect you and our staff during these times, so we have new safety measures in place.

  • You will be asked a few routine questions about travel and your health. If you have travelled or are not feeling well, please stay home. We will rebook your appointment for a later date.
  • The staff will send you all the necessary forms via email. These can be filled out immediately, but please try to fill it out two days prior to your exam. This will avoid paperwork delays in the office.
  • When you arrive at the office for your appointment, please call us, and we will let you know when we are ready for your appointment. This will allow us to avoid too many people in the office.
  • You will be asked to sanitize your hands on arrival, and once in the chair room, we ask you to sanitize your hands, scrub your dentures and use mouthwash for 30 seconds. 
  • We are limiting our conversational pleasantries to keep everyone safe. Your health and safety is our top priority.
  • Staff will be wearing masks, face shields/safety glasses and gowns during all procedures.
  • All equipment, chairs and surfaces are cleaned and sanitized after each patient. All instruments and tools are sterilized after each patient.
  • If you are in need of an adjustment or denture service please call us, and we will schedule you an appointment.
  • Our front desks are equipped with Plexiglas shields, hand sanitizer, gloves, and masks.

We know that these are challenging times and can lead to higher stress levels. If you have any questions regarding our safety measures, please contact us by phone or email. The Beautiful Smiles Denture Clinic team is ready to serve you in a safe environment. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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