Is a dental procedure or even oral surgery in your future? If so, you may be feeling a pang (or several) of anxiety. You’re not alone. Millions of people have an innate fear of seeing the dentist, let alone the performance of any type of dental procedure, but dental anxiety can be overcome. At Dental Made Easy, we care to know how our patients feel. More than that, we care to make them feel better.
Chances are, if you met our dentists or any member of our dental team outside of the office, you would immediately realize that we are all very friendly, nurturing individuals. However, something switches in many people’s minds as soon as they see the white coat or the scrubs. Dental anxiety can get in the way of a healthy smile. It gets in the way of your well-being, and it can even get in the way of an optimal dental procedure. Here, we will discuss what you could do as you prepare for an oral surgery procedure, or any procedure, in our Dental Made Easy Offices.
Step 1: Acknowledge the Problem
The first step to overcoming dental anxiety is accepting the fact that you have it. Dental anxiety is not something that you should ignore; it only makes it worse. There are many things that can be done to minimize stress, but first, you have to be willing to recognize it. Trust us, we won’t judge you for it! Once you’re accutely aware of the proeblem, you can now take steps to solve it.
Step 2: Explore your Fear
Most of us would prefer to sidestep fear whenever possible. Fear can be uncomfortable, and it can also feel embarrassing if you believe that you shouldn’t feel the way you do. There are plenty of reasons why people feel anxious about undergoing a dental procedure; a bad experience, claustrophobia… Here’s one you may not have heard: natural biological response. According to one study, humans are simply wired to protect, and opening wide for a dentist, even though you know he or she has good intentions, can feel incredibly vulnerable.
Step 3: Take Steps to Banishing Dental Anxiety
It may not be possible to go back and change your wiring for protection. We cannot erase the memory of a bad dental experience from your past, either. What we can do is talk with you. Sometimes, just knowing what to expect, and knowing that your dentist understands your fear, can help. However, this does not mean that you are limited to this approach. Patients of Dental Made Easy are encouraged to consider the benefits of sedation for their more intense dental surguries. We offer various forms of sedation to banish fears and improve the process of care.
Your Dental Health
When it comes to your health, trust in the dentists at Dental Made Easy. Dental Made Easy is the best dental practice in the Forest Hills, Queens, NY 11375 area and we are open on Sundays as well as late evenings. Our new office in Garden City Park, 11040 is opened and accepting new patients. It is located at 2374 Jericho Turnpike, Garden City NY 11040. We are the best dental practice in Long Island, with 5 star reviews on Google and Yelp. For a teeth cleaning or exam, we recommend coming into the office to book an appointment with one of our talented dental professionals. All new patients may also take advantage of our $99 Cleaning Special that includes an exam and x-rays. To set up your appointment give us a call at (718)-507-7781 for the Forest Hills office and (516) 588-6622 for the Garden City Park office. We also welcome walk-ins, to accommodate patients with a busy schedule. We hope to see you soon!