How To Arrive at the Office Relaxed and To Avoid Dental Anxiety
- Posted on: Apr 15 2023
If you have dental anxiety and feel fearful before an appointment–even if it is just for a simple examination and cleaning–you are not alone! Dr. Paul Covell of Pasadena, TX, is here to help you in combating your dental anxiety without medication or sedation. Not all offices have sedation dentistry, so fending off your fears without sedation may seem like a daunting task. Fortunately, our professionals have a few recommendations for you to consider before attending your upcoming appointment.
Let’s look at a few things you can do before your visit to arrive relaxed:
- Communicate. A key to reducing anxiety and stress is communication. Talk with Dr. Paul Covell about your concerns, feelings, and preferences beforehand, so he can understand your needs and help you feel more comfortable.
- Prepare. Preparation can reduce stress and anxiety significantly by helping you stay organized and aware of the process ahead of time. Researching procedures, looking over forms to fill out, or even writing down questions prior to your appointment can put your mind at ease when it is time for your procedure.
- Distract yourself before or during your appointment. Consider engaging in activities such as listening to music, reading a book or watching a show while waiting for the procedure or during the actual dental visit itself! This distraction technique can be very helpful in calming your nerves.
- Take time for YOU before your appointment. Anxiety has a tendency to worsen when we rush or don’t take enough time for ourselves ahead of an appointment or procedure. Be sure to give yourself plenty of time before your visit so that you can relax and arrive feeling more prepared and confident.
By implementing these tips, Dr. Paul Covell and his team can make facing dental visits less stressful and more enjoyable for you or your family members. If you are interested in learning more about managing dental anxiety, call our office at 713-943-9832 to request a visit at our Pasadena, TX, location. We are open to new and returning patients seeking general, cosmetic, and restorative dental solutions for themselves and their families.
Posted in: Sedation Dentistry