Many people avoid going to the dentist because they feel anxious or nervous about what it might involve. Here at Studental, your NHS dentist in Oxford, we understand that there are many reasons for people to feel apprehensive about making an appointment. Some people worry about potential pain being involved, others have concerns about not being listened to, and some have negative associations with visiting the dentist from childhood.
Avoiding the dentist is counterproductive, because it puts your oral health at risk. People who have regular check-ups are much less likely to develop serious issues with their teeth and gums, because the dentist can spot any potential problems in the early stages. This means that if you don’t go for your check-ups, you are more likely to end up having to get more treatments as you age.
But what can you do to combat nerves? How can you go to see your NHS dentist in Oxford without feeling stressed or panicked? Read our guide to find out…
Communication is key
If you’re feeling a little unsure about coming to see us, talk about your concerns. We are happy to listen, and to address any questions or queries you might have. We are committed to ensuring that you have the best possible experience, and will do everything we can to help put you at ease.
People who are anxious tend to hold their breath, and this can increase feelings of panic. When you are at the dentist or having a treatment; make a point of breathing slowly and deeply. This will help you to keep calm – and give you something else to focus on.
Bringing along your favourite music with some earphones can help you to block out any sounds that might make you feel nervous. Focusing on the music can distract you enough to relax while you’re in the chair.
Think about food and drink
As tempting as it might seem, a cup of coffee and a sweet treat before your appointment is not a great idea. The caffeine and sugar can set you on edge, and make you more likely to feel panicked. Try something packed with protein instead, which can induce a calming effect.
You don’t have to be proficient in sign language to be able to use your hands to communicate with us during treatment. You can use hand signals to demonstrate that you’d like to take a break or that you feel a little uncomfortable.
Choose your appointment time carefully
Try to make your appointment at a time and on a day that you are less likely to feel stressed or rushed. Waiting to see the dentist when you’re worrying about a meeting; or picking up the kids from school is likely to create unnecessary anxiety.
Read our reviews
Read what our patients have said about coming to visit us. You can learn how we work hard to put you at ease and give you the best possible care.