Feeling nervous about a trip to the dentist is a common issue for many patients seeking a variety of treatments. When it comes to cosmetic dental procedures, there’s even the additional knowledge that your procedure is elective. That is, you are choosing to have it done, and your oral health won’t necessarily decline as a result of opting out.
This can leave many patients avoiding cosmetic dentistry – simply because of the all-too-common nerves that surround going to the dentist in the first place. Despite these fears, we do see many patients undergoing cosmetic dental procedures. Once the final results are achieved, they’re often relieved they didn’t let their nerves get in the way of treatments.
If you are struggling with feeling nervous about the dentist, there are some things that can help. Here’s our guide on how to deal with nerves about cosmetic dental procedures.
Often when we are nervous, our fears stem from the idea of the unknown. Taking the time to properly research the treatment or procedure you’re going to have done can calm some of the nerves you feel about cosmetic dental trips.
Cosmetic dental procedures are highly safe, routine treatments that many dental professionals carry out each day. Whether you’re opting for veneers or are feeling nervous about teeth whitening treatments, you can find plenty of reassuring information about each of the procedures we offer on our website.
Knowing what to expect way in advance of your appointment with the dentist can help to alleviate some of the concerns you may have. Knowledge is power, and may give you the in-depth understanding you need in order to wrap your head around what will happen during the procedure.
Your dentist should be your first port of call if you do find yourself struggling with nerves before you visit them. They’re the ones in charge of your treatment (after yourself, of course) and are best placed to answer any questions you may have before deciding to move forward with any cosmetic procedure.
Since nerves surrounding dental appointments are not uncommon, every dentist you come across will have heaps of experience in helping nervous patients. Remember that throughout your experience with your cosmetic dentist, you remain in control of making decisions about your treatments. It helps if you find a dentist you feel entirely comfortable with before discussing cosmetic dental procedures if you feel nervous.
It can be all too easy to get caught up worrying about the details of the procedure itself, while overlooking those final results that you’ve been dreaming of. If you are nervous about cosmetic dental procedures, it’s highly unlikely you would be considering them in the first place if the results weren’t something you really desired. Considering this, we often advise patients to keep the end goal in mind instead of dwelling on the actual procedure.
When anyone goes through a difficult time with nerves or feeling overwhelmed, they’re often told to look on the bright side – and keep pushing towards their goal. This works for nervous dental patients too!
In doing so, you will often find that the procedure is not as difficult as you believed it would be. You’ll also get to enjoy the results you’ve been waiting for!
If you still find yourself feeling nervous about your cosmetic treatment at the dentist, there are alternative options. Modern dentistry is full of solutions that help make our patients’ experiences the most comfortable they can be.
There are a couple of solutions when it comes to helping our nervous dental clients. We can offer sedation for nervous dental patients, a popular choice for those really struggling to overcome fears about the dentist.
Sedation involves being administered a highly safe and effective therapeutical dose of anti-anxiety medications while remaining conscious. Our sedative procedures have the added benefit of not having to go under general anaesthesia, which can cause additional concern for nervous patients.
Dental sedation will make you feel relaxed and at ease, despite any prior fears you have about visiting the dentist. There is also a speedy recovery time, especially when compared to general anaesthetic. Our sedation methods are so effective in making you feel relaxed that you will need to be taken home by a family member or friend after being sedated. Having them present can also help ease any additional concerns. You will then be able to resume all usual activities after 24 hours.
At Ringway Dental, we believe everyone should be able to access dental care – for both health and cosmetic reasons. Feeling nervous about the dentist is common, and our compassionate dentists are highly experienced in this area.
At our luxurious private surgery, you may not even feel like you’re making a trip to the dentist at all. We pride ourselves on welcoming smiles within a comfortable, clean environment. Much of our focus as a team surrounds transforming the way our clients see dental appointments altogether. We think they should be a treat, rather than a chore! Our plush dental surgery and friendly team of dentists naturally reflect this goal of ours.
Based in Cheadle, we’re excellently placed to serve all surrounding areas including Manchester and Stockport. Dedicated and attentive, we specialise in offering treatments for nervous dental patients. As experts in cosmetic dentistry in particular, our team have gathered decades of experience in offering the ideal solutions for overcoming nervousness about cosmetic procedures.
If you’d like to discuss your options with our specialists, please call the surgery today on 0161 437 2029. Alternatively, you can contact us online. We’ll do all we can to answer any questions and make you feel comfortable before your visit.