Prior to your appointment you should practice your breathing, and focus on the benefits of the treatment that you are about to undergo. It can be tempting to skip your appointment, but even a small cavity can quickly escalate into more serious decay and tooth loss. Focusing on just how important it is to maintain good dental health can give you more confidence in your ability to tackle any nervousness that you are faced with.
Remember that when you have an open discussion with your dentist, it can lead to your feeling confident in your dentist’s ability to address and help you through your concerns about treatment.
Aftercare can often play just as an important role in your dental fears as any other type of self-care you embark on. Quite often patients have had bad at-home experiences with pain or bleeding after procedures, and this can lead to being nervous about any future dental work. Be sure to discuss these concerns with your dentist. Keep up with post-procedure instructions, and call the office if you find that you are in more discomfort than you should be.
Delaying your treatment will help you to cope with your nervousness. However, it won’t help you to resolve dental issues that can escalate and lead to loss of tooth, or the loss of bone. Working together we can keep your smile healthy, and help to ensure you are comfortable during every appointment.