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