During these uncertain times, obtaining healthcare treatment can be especially stressful and anxiety inducing. Our office is doing everything possible to ease your stresses and anxieties towards receiving care. Dental procedures and surgeries can cause anxiety for many individuals. This is completely normal, and we want you to know we are here to help. Please let us know about any reservations you may be experiencing.
Techniques to Decrease Anxiety
- Inform our office – If you are a little stressed, please tell us. Do not feel embarrassed to inform us about your anxiety, we can tailor the experience to help calm your nerves.
- Headphones – We encourage patients to bring headphones to listen to music or audiobooks during surgery.
- Comforting items – Feel free to bring comforting objects such as a blanket or stuffed animal.
- Watch what you eat and drink – Avoid sugary, high caffeinated beverages prior to appointments in order to decrease the jitters.
- Appointment time – Try scheduling appointments during a time of day when you are typically less anxious. Possibly avoid rush hour traffic.
- Communicate with hand signals – To gain a sense of control during surgery, we can create a hand signal for you to communicate with us when you feel uncomfortable. This can be empowering and decrease stress.
- Mindful techniques – Holding your breath can decrease oxygen and create a panic-like feeling. During the procedure focus on regular breathing techniques to comfort your mind and body. Meditation and guided breathing can help relax the mind.
- Additional options – There are multiple other options available such as a prescribed oral sedation, nitrous oxide, IV sedation, and many others. Please discuss your level of stress with Dr. Gronbach and together we can develop the most peaceful experience possible.
We understand many face anxiety due to dental procedures, especially during these unprecedented times. We are here to help, so please feel comfortable sharing any hesitations you have regarding your dental appointment.