If going to the dentist is a nerve-racking experience for you, it doesn’t need to be. Is there a better way of preparing for a dental visit to make the appointments more pleasant? Dr. James Fondriest cares about his patients and makes sure that they receive the best service possible in his boutique-style dental practice. The tips that we have for you this week will help make your dental visit an even better experience.
Preparing for the Visit
In this first half, you will learn how to prepare for your dental appointment, so that you can eliminate some of the anxiety that you may feel before the day of your visit even comes along:
- Research dentists. Ask friends about their dentists, and search online for patient reviews on local dentists. Visit the websites for a few dentists to further narrow your search. Look at the patient pictures and testimonials, when available (our website has many photos of patient procedures as well as testimonials from Dr. Fondriest’s satisfied patients). Learn about their training, the procedures they perform, and their office environment. You can also call the dental office if you have any questions before setting up and appointment. Lake Forest Dental Arts will gladly answer whatever questions you have. Making an informed decision about your dentist will make you feel confident in your choice.
- Schedule your appointment. Making a dental appointment can be both a symbolic and a concrete way of overcoming your fear and anxiety and taking charge of your dental health.
- Make a list of questions and concerns. Think about your anxieties, the reasons for scheduling your appointment, and any questions that you might have. You should take the list with you to your appointment because it will keep your dentist and the dental staff informed about your dental health and anxiety issues.
If going to the dentist is a nerve-racking experience for you, it doesn’t need to be. In fact, there are things that you can do to make your dental appointments more pleasant. Dr. James Fondriest cares about his patients and makes sure that they receive the best service possible in his boutique-style dental practice. The tips that we have for you this week will help make your dental visit an even better experience.
Preparing for a dental visit with relaxation
Dental anxiety is a real issue. It can limit your ability to share your feelings and concerns with your dentist. The best circumstance is when you feel comfortable during your visits. Our hope for you is to find a great dentist that listens to you and helps you relax.
Practice relaxation techniques, like yoga, taking a warm bath, deep breathing, meditation, lighting some aromatherapy candles, taking a nice walk, or listening to your favorite music. You can listen to the music on the way to your appointment as well, and continue the deep breathing while you wait and during your appointment, to help you remain calm.
Arrive early for your appointment.
Leaving and arriving for your dental appointment early will prevent added stress due to rushing. You will give yourself plenty of time to fill out paperwork, and you can read a book or magazine while you wait to meet with your dentist.
Bring items that will make you comfortable.
Bring along your favorite pillow, blanket, book, and CD or DVD (if your dentist has CD or DVD players). And take advantage of all of the small luxuries that your dentist offers. If you follow these tips, your dental visit can be relaxing, comfortable, and pleasant.
We hope that this helps you in preparing for a dental visit
We take patient comfort and health seriously. Call our office today for your appointment. Dr. Fondriest provides cosmetic, restorative and preventive dentistry for patients in the North Shore and greater Chicago areas.