We doubt anyone actually looks forward to seeing their dentist, but white knuckling it is a bit over the top. Still, there are many who absolutely despise going. With the advent of COVID-19, dental anxiety might even be more prevalent than before. If you are anxious when seeing your dentist, here are tips you should know.
Procrastination Can Make It Worse
If you are one of those people who likes to wait till the last minute to do everything, dental check ups WILL be worse. The longer you practice avoidance, you set yourself up for more serious problems. Without regular cleanings and exams, dental problems can become exacerbated and your treatments might be much more tedious and costly. You will surely regret avoiding the dentist.
Don’t be afraid to say, “I’m afraid.”
Tell the receptionist when you make your appointment, tell your hygienist, and tell Manhattan Dental Arts. Make it clear this is not where you want to be (nicely, of course) and ask everyone to explain what’s happening.
The folks at Manhattan Dental Arts will be sure to ease your fears since they understand and have dealt with many others just like you.
Decide On A Signal
Sometimes you just need a break, so decide on a hand signal when you want the dentist to stop for a minute.
Nobody enjoys the sound of the drill so bring along some headphones. Use a squeeze ball to alleviate the stress while in the chair.
Adding COVID-19 To The Mix
Even if you weren’t that afraid of going to the dentist before, your anxiety level may have increased with the virus outbreak. If you were always nervous about going, it could be worse now.
Be aware that your dental professionals are doing everything to protect you and keep you safe. We are following all the CDC guidelines for dental offices.
Here are just a few:
- Taking all temperatures of patients and staff
- Asking about recent travel
- Patients wait in car and are texted when Manhattan Dental Arts is ready
- Social distancing
- Staff wearing all PPE
- All surfaces are disinfected frequently
Don’t allow fear or anxiety to keep you away from dental health appointments.
Contact Manhattan Dental Arts at (212) 247-2330, or request an appointment online, if you are ready for your next dental check up. Our dental office in the upper west side is dedicated to providing the highest quality dental care to patients throughout New York City and even offers sedation dentistry for those with severe anxieties or tooth sensitivity.