If you avoid going to the dentist until it’s absolutely necessary, you’re in good company. One out of five people do the same. and between 5-8% avoid going altogether. But what if you dream of a perfect smile and know dentures could help, but are fearful of actually taking the plunge?
Here are some tips that could help.
Be Honest with Your Denturist
Don’t try to put on a brave face and fake your way through an appointment. Your denturist cares about your comfort, and it’s important that they know if you are feeling particularly anxious. Before you begin any conversation or procedure, make sure you tell them that you have a history of intense fear around dental procedures, so they can take steps to help you feel more comfortable.
Ask for What You Need
Be open about things your denturist can do to make you feel more comfortable at your visits. It may be helpful to ask them to narrate what they are doing so no sensation or feeling catches you off-guard. On the other hand, you may prefer to be blissfully unaware during procedures and may want to bring headphones or watch a movie on your personal device. Evaluate what your personal needs are, and don’t be afraid to speak up.
There are different levels of sedation that can help you to cope with your anxiety during a denture appointment. From nitrous oxide to a pre-appointment sedative, there are lots of options that can help your body and mind relax when you’re in the dentist’s chair.
Learn More About Dentures
Often times, anxiety is rooted in a fear of the unknown. You can help alleviate this by learning more about dentures. Educate yourself on the process of getting dentures so you know exactly what to expect and ask your denturist any questions you may have.
The actual process of getting dentures is pretty simple; it’s any extractions or oral care leading up to it that people fear. The right provider will help make the process as easy and painless as possible because they believe you shouldn’t have to live with a broken smile, and you deserve to be able to enjoy that all life has to offer – pain-free.
Ready to restore your smile? European Denture Center is a full-service denture clinic with a friendly staff and low-stress environment in Everett, WA. They are ready to help you and are well-acquainted with working with anxious patients. Contact them today at (425) 374-8470 for a free, no-obligation consultation. Talk with staff to express your concerns, get all your questions answered with no pressure to proceed, and watch as they help build your confidence that you CAN get dentures.
You deserve that perfect smile!