Do you have an upcoming dental visit that you are hoping to make a more positive experience than ever? Your dentist wants you to be comfortable, but there are a few things that you can do to make the process go more smoothly, as well.
Get there Early
There’s nothing worse than running late for an appointment, and the biggest reason that schedules at medical offices run behind is patient tardiness. Save yourself the anxiety and the headache by making sure you are arriving to your appointment early, giving you ample time to check in and handle any necessary business with office staff before your appointment.
Care for Your teeth before Your Appointment
Your dentist wants to see your teeth, not what you’ve been snacking on throughout the day. So before your appointment, take a few minutes to brush, floss, and swig some mouthwash to make sure your teeth and gums are clean before it is your turn to be seen by the dentist.
Try to Find a Babysitter, if You Can
Your dentist will love to see your family, but if you have young children, it is likely that your appointment will go more smoothly if you can find a babysitter. Otherwise, consider asking a friend to meet you at the dental office to watch your kids. Children are highly distractible, so it can be difficult for them to sit still during your appointment. You will feel more relaxed if you can focus on your appointment rather than what your children are up to.
Tell Your Dentist if You Feel Uncomfortable
Your dentist wants you to feel as comfortable as possible throughout your procedure, but he won’t always know if you experience pain. Be sure to speak up, and if you have any extra needs, make sure you let your dental team know before your exam begins.
Please contact us if you have any questions about your next dental visit.