Avoid the following main factors when visiting the dentists’ office.
Many patients’ have a medical anxiety called “White Coat“, and can be hard to avoid. It is a real syndrome for patients who exhibit blood pressure levels above the normal range, in a clinical setting. Though these patients do not display it in other environments; this means that there is a fraction of the population that are affected by just going to the doctor’s office. This office can be any doctor from a specialist to even a dentist. This anxiety is hard to avoid when going to the dentist’s office, however, a patient can reduce symptoms of stress and anxiety that is related to going to the dentists’; through eliminating the following main factors:
1. Choose an Office that Fits the Family’s’ Needs.
Avoid socially awkward situations – sometimes it is the employees themselves at the office, that a patient may or may not get along very well – which can induce social anxiety, and that is OK! There are many dental offices out there that have excellent employees, take the time to find one that fits the patients’ specific needs.
2. Create a Medical History.
Avoid repetitive procedures and mistakes – as the patient transfers or starts fresh with a new dentist, it is helpful to create a medical history of all X-rays, records, and other materials so the new dentist can brief the patients’ dental care background. Make the doctor’s life easier by being upfront with their specific needs for dental care.
3. As the patient, do the homework on Water Supply
Avoid overdose on fluoride – many towns and cities often have fluoride in their water systems, and this added fluoride often helps with teeth protection. If it does not, a dentist may recommend using fluoride during a next visit. Be sure that as a patient and as a provider to children, that they are not allergic to this before visiting the dentists’ office.
4. As the Patient; talk to the Children
Avoid anxiety-inducing factors – if, as the patient and they have kids, speak to them about what to expect before going into the dentists’ office. Sometimes this can be a scary experience for young children, as mentioned in the beginning – it can even still be anxiety-inducing as an adult.
5. Release any Additional Info
Avoid allergic reactions – it is helpful to the patients’ dentist if they release any information that may not be related to their dental records. Sometimes medication creates an impact with the anesthesia used in the numbing process. Allergies to latex and other materials are also a concern in the dental office so be sure to be upfront on this during the patients’ visit to the dentists’ office.
6. Request a Favorite Hygienist
Avoid unpleasant visits – if there are employees in the office that the patient responds well to, be sure to ask for them. It will make visiting the dentists’ office much more pleasant. At the same time, be friendly to the administrative assistant it goes hand in hand with that as well.
7. Schedule Your Next Appointment
Avoid missing a future appointment – dentists’ offices fill up quickly, as it is something everyone needs. Be sure to make the appointment at the end of a visit and try to schedule when it is most convenient.
8. Celebrity Appearance
Avoid asking the dentist if the patient can look like their favorite celebrity – the chances are that they may not have the same face shape and therefore and any dental work done may not look the same. Forcing features to look a certain way can impact the patients’ dental health long-term.
9. Healthy vs. Perfection
Avoid perfection – following the above; a healthy smile is better than a perfect smile. Avoid asking the dentist to breach this protocol as the patient may get infections or other health issues if given dentures or other procedures in place of perfectly healthy teeth. It is a bit superficial to aim for perfectly straight and perfectly white teeth. It is better to have perfectly aligned teeth over perfectly straight. Brighten, but not overdo it. As always, moderation is key with brightening.
Finally, as the patient, keep up with the dental care throughout the year. This maintenance keeps their hygiene in place. Also, do not hesitate to experiment with at-home cleaning techniques. Not everyone will react to conventional toothpaste; if a natural remedy works, go for it.
The dental profession is a profession for a reason. Not many people go into the field, and therefore dentists and hygienists are in demand. Like with most doctors the best advice for the patients’ dental health can be found at the dentists’ office. While visiting; do not hesitate to ask questions, follow-up, explore options and get the best treatment necessary for their specific needs. Improving dental hygiene can be costly, and therefore much of the work in maintaining dental health can be done at home.