Many people speak about dentistry with such a passivity that it can make those patients who prefer to avoid it feel a sense of embarrassment. How is it that some of us can have a root canal performed over our lunch breaks and return to our desks to close out the afternoon while others agonize over whether to attend the appointment at all? We have been attending dental appointments throughout our lives – shouldn’t we be comfortable with it by now? Not necessarily.
Since each human being is unique, it stands to reason that each of us would have a different level of comfort where dental work is concerned. Despite the self-judgment you may be feeling as someone less comfortable in the dental chair, your dentist is not judging your trepidation at all. Patients, both young and old, arrive at the dentist with anxiety sometimes, and our only real concern is how we can offer you the supportive environment you need to feel relaxed during your visit.
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Preparing For Your Dental Appointment
When you know you have a dentist appointment coming up, the first thing you can do is be easy on yourself in the days leading up to it. Do not be critical of yourself if you find some anxiety creeping into your day. Reassure yourself that this is perfectly normal, and that your dentist will partner with you to ensure that the procedure goes as smoothly as possible. We recommend that you see us for a consult prior to your procedure if it is your first time working with us, since speaking with your dentist about your fears offers the opportunity to discuss your particular concerns and how your needs can be met. Often, building rapport with your dentist by dialoguing, even briefly, can bring a level of trust that puts patients at ease when they arrive for their procedure.
We recommend choosing a low-stress day to have your dental work done. If Mondays are particularly stressful at work, consider choosing a day later in the week when you will have less on your mind. If you feel more comfortable with a friendly face at your side, choose a caring chaperone to accompany you to your appointment. Headphones with your favourite tunes are welcome, and children often benefit from their favourite stuffed animal or blanket with them on the chair.
What about levels of anxiety that cannot be quelled without some medical intervention? If this is you, we are well equipped to assist in that department by using methods of gentle sedation. Be sure to speak to your dentist about whether you are a candidate for sedation prior to your procedure since there are guidelines to adhere to in preparation. Following these directions carefully ensures your safety and increases the likelihood that medications will have their intended effects.
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Nebula Dental Clinic provides oral health care services to the communities of Ellerslie, Summerside, Orchards, Walker, Charlesworth and the surrounding areas in Edmonton. All services provided by a general dentist.
Monday: 9:30am to 6pm
Tuesday: 10am to 6:30pm
Wednesday: 9:30am to 6pm
Thursday: 10am to 6:30pm
Friday: 9am to 5pm