Anxious When Seeing Your Dentist? Here Are Some Tips!

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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.

Speak Up

Don’t be afraid to say, “I’m afraid.”

Tell the receptionist when you make your appointment, tell your hygienist, and tell Dr. J.D. Robinette. Make it clear this is not where you want to be (nicely, of course) and ask everyone to explain what’s happening.

Our team will be sure to ease your fears since they understand and have dealt with many others just like you.

Image of smiling patient looking at camera at the dentist chair

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.

Distract Yourself

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 Dr. J.D. Robinette 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.

If you are ready for your next dental check-up call Dr. Robinette at our office in Hickory, NC today!

Call our office at (828) 267-0651