Dental anxiety is a real problem that haunts many people. In fact, it makes people skip their dental appointments and suffer pain. If you are someone who is afraid of the dentist and dental office, then our Joseph Goodman, DDS, DMD dental team has some tips that can help you finally relax in the dental chair. To wash your dental anxiety away, we encourage you to do the following things:
Talk to the Dentist
Tell Dr. Joseph Goodman how you feel. This will let him know that you require special treatment and it will help him best determine how to address and manage your fears. Talking to your dentist will also give you some control, which will help you feel a little more relaxed.
Feel free to bring an iPod or CD player into the office with you. You can listen to music throughout your treatment and it will help you stay distracted. We recommend bringing in a new artist or new album to listen to, particularly one that relaxes you so you will focus on the music rather than your treatment.
Discuss Dental Sedation
At Joseph Goodman, DDS, DMD, our dentists offer several types of sedation dentistry to ensure your comfort, including nitrous oxide, oral sedation, and IV sedation. Just talk to your dentist about your options and he will be happy to help you.
Determine A “Stop” Signal
Stop signals will help you have control over the treatment. So, determine what it will be before your treatment starts. The signal can be anything from raising your hand, making a coughing sound, or blinking three times. When your dentist sees your signal, he will stop the treatment for as long as you need.
Many people suffer from dental phobia. However, there are ways to ease the anxiety and we strongly recommend that you do your best to make your experience more enjoyable and relaxing. If you need any help with your dental anxiety in Beverly Hills, California, or if you would like to talk to your dentist about your discomfort, call Joseph Goodman, DDS, DMD now and schedule an appointment with Dr. Joseph Goodman. Our team is happy to help you if you just dial 310-734-4557 now.