Going to the dentist is not an enjoyable experience for everyone, and if you’re someone who doesn’t enjoy it, we can often try to put it off. However, your dental care is important, and unlike our skin that heals itself, our teeth are only going to get worse as they age. So looking after them with regular dental appointments is essential. Here are some tips to prepare yourself for a trip to the dentist.
Confirm The Appointment
It’s good to check and then double check when it comes to medical appointments. It can often be that things are sometimes canceled or you may have noted down the wrong time or date when booking it in person or over the phone. So first things first are to check that the appointment is still going ahead. A lot of dental appointments can be done during your workday, and so it might be easy enough to pop in and pop out back to work. However, if it’s fillings and anything where you may need needles, then it’s definitely a good idea to do it in an afternoon where you actually go home afterward. For more complex procedures, you may need to take a whole day or two, but this is something to ask your dentist.
Get There On Time
Ensure you get there on time and don’t worry about getting there early. If you’re feeling nervous, the last thing you want to do is to be waiting in the waiting area and panicking about all the worst-case scenarios that aren’t actually going to happen. More likely so, dental appointments will often fall behind schedule, and so you might not be going into that room straight away. So leave with the intention of getting to your appointment on the dot. It’s good to bring with you so entertainment in order to keep your mind off things while you wait. There’s likely to be plenty of magazines and newspapers in order to keep you occupied. If you don’t fancy waiting inside, you can always tell the dental assistant to pop out and get you if you don’t like the smell of the dentist.
Brush Your Teeth Beforehand
It’s good to be kind to your dentist because they have to deal with a lot of mouths throughout the day and there’s only so much someone can stomach. Also, fresh breath is going to be more appreciated than one who has just tucked into their lunch. So before any appointment, start off by brushing your teeth, flossing if it’s something you usually do, and then finished with a swirling of mouthwash. It’ll make it a more pleasant experience for the dentist but also to help them see what your teeth and oral condition are like when it’s squeaky clean. If you haven’t had time to go home and brush your teeth, then remember to take toothpaste and a toothbrush with you to work so that you can do it en route or in the bathroom at the dentists.
Express Any Concerns Beforehand
A lot of concerns are usually to do with the thought of having teeth removed or having injections. If the dentist mentions that this is something that they’d be doing, you can always request the use of sedation during the treatment. Many patients do better with sedation dentistry because it will knock them out so that they’re asleep whilst the whole procedure is being done. For someone who may be fearful, this might certainly be an option.
The time before the dentist gets started is to talk through any concerns you may have about your teeth.
Communicate With Your Dentist
Having a good relationship with your dentist is important because if you’re already nervous about the dentist, then you want to ensure the person doing it is not going to make it any more nerve-racking. Whenever you are feeling nervous or have pain in your mouth when the dentist is working, be sure to flag it with them. Many ask you to let them know if there’s any pain or discomfort and they’ll do what they can in order to numb that pain where possible so that they’re able to fix it. Your dentist will want you to be as comfortable as you can be, so be honest and speak up when you are having an issue.