As you likely know, humans are creatures of comfort. We enjoy feeling safe and comfortable in our homes, always adjusting the thermostat to achieve the right temperature. We shed layers and put on more clothing depending on the weather and time of year. We even eat certain dishes that are considered “comfort food.”
At the end of the day, all we really want is to feel comfortable with our surroundings and our place within it. Now, this presents a problem when it comes to visiting the dentist. Though seeing the dentist at least twice a year for regular teeth cleanings and oral health care checkups is essential for optimal oral health, many people find themselves anxious about visiting the dentist. At the very least, they’re uncomfortable throughout the experience.
Fortunately, our dentists in Denver, NC are here to change this!
The Dental Approach With Your Comfort In Mind
Summit Family Dentistry strives to provide every single patient with a pleasant, stress-free, and — dare we say it — enjoyable dental visitation. We know that you’re not here because you want to be here, but rather, you’re here out of necessitation. We get it. That’s why we’re here to be flexible and do whatever we can to help make your time with us as comfortable as possible (within reason, of course).
In today’s blog post, the team at Summit Family Dentistry covers several ways to make sure that you’re as comfortable as one can be when visiting the dentist. Remember, if you have any custom needs or requests that you’d like to communicate prior to your appointment, please don’t hesitate to ask!
Let’s get started.
How to Make Your Visit With Us More Comfortable
Take Some Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen Beforehand
Why would you need to take these over-the-counter drugs before your dental visit? Well, for many people (especially those who don’t floss regularly or brush their teeth as much as they should), the process of scraping plaque and getting in between each tooth to clean can be a little painful. Though this is a necessary part of safeguarding your oral health and setting you and your mouth up for future success, there’s no denying that certain patients complain about a sore mouth and gums post-visit.
Again, though thorough flossing and brushing means that this plaque scraping won’t be nearly as uncomfortable, it doesn’t hurt to simply take a couple of ibuprofen or acetaminophen tablets about an hour before your visit. Then, the inflammation won’t be as exacerbated.
Bring Your Earbuds or Headphones With You
The noise of various dental instruments can be unsettling for a good number of patients, especially for those who haven’t seen the dentist in over a year or longer. We’ll need to communicate with you throughout your visit and subsequent cleaning, but there’s certainly nothing wrong with tuning out for awhile and listening to your favorite music.
Whether you bring in a pair of Airpods or over-the-ear headphones, we’re happy when you’re happy, and if you being happy means that you need to listen to music or watch videos to drown out noises, then by all means, feel free to do so!
Bring a Blanket
Most dental offices tend to be rather cold. Why this is the case, we’re not exactly sure, but we are confident that the warm, friendly spirits of our staff are what balance the temperatures to make sure that our office is at least somewhat comfortable.
Still, some people may find that our office is too chilly for their liking. Though you’ll only be here for about an hour if you’re dropping by for a standard check-up and teeth cleaning, that hour can really drag on if you’re uncomfortable due to the temperature. To help you feel cozy and warm like you’re snuggled up at home, bring in a soft, fuzzy blanket — one that you’re familiar with and associate security and comfort. This way, you’ll be comfortable temperature-wise and less anxious about the experience as a whole.
Floss and Brush Thoroughly In Between Appointments
As our Denver dentists mentioned above, failing to floss and brush regularly sets you up for a lengthy, mildly painful plaque scraping. Now, we’re just doing our jobs in these instances, but our jobs tend to be a whole lot easier when we work with patients who take very good care of their teeth.
Think of this as a win/win for both parties: your mouth, teeth, and gums won’t be nearly as sore as they would be if you didn’t brush or floss as much, and the experience takes a fraction of the time because there isn’t as much plaque wedged in between your teeth. We save time and effort, you save time and the potential to be more uncomfortable. Yes, that’s a win/win in our book!
As an added bonus, you’re taking better care of your teeth in general in between visits.
Do Whatever You Can to Lower Your Anxiety
Legal CBD products, calming herbal teas, deep breathing, and asking questions are all ways to help curb dental anxiety and feel better about the experience as a whole. Again, if you have any custom requests, don’t hesitate to let us know.