Can a Trip to the Den­tist Be Re­lax­ing and En­joy­able?


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Many peo­ple feel some anx­i­ety sur­round­ing a den­tal visit. Thank­fully, there are many nat­u­ral things that can be done to over­come this.

The first is a calm and com­fort­able en­vi­ron­ment. This may in­clude com­fort­able seat­ing, a fire­place, or re­lax­ing mu­sic. A good den­tal of­fice is a place of pa­tient well­ness, and not sim­ply oral care and en­vi­ron­ment helps turn an oth­er­wise 'clin­i­cal' ex­pe­ri­ence into a a spa-like ex­pe­ri­ence.

Com­mu­ni­ca­tion is the next step. Tak­ing time to dis­cuss treat­ment and pa­tient con­cerns not only gives the Den­tist valu­able in­sight (eg. Use head­phones dur­ing loud sounds), but also gives the pa­tient a sense of con­trol over their ex­pe­ri­ence. Like­wise a 'time­out' hand sig­nal dur­ing treat­ment can help a pa­tient main­tain this sense of con­trol.

Sen­sory dis­trac­tion is an ex­cel­lent tool to en­gage the senses of the pa­tient in some­thing sooth­ing rather than what is hap­pen­ing in their mouth. Ex­am­ples could be soft mu­sic, aro­mather­apy, hot tow­els, or neck pillows.

For more pro­nounced anx­i­ety, re­lax­ation/med­i­ta­tion tech­niques can be used. This could be any­thing from a guided med­i­ta­tion record­ing, to a quiet room where the pa­tient can use their own pre­ferred tech­nique. Not only is med­i­ta­tion an ex­cel­lent way to re­duce anx­i­ety, it has also been proven to have a pow­er­ful ef­fect on the ex­pe­ri­ence of phys­i­cal pain.

Anx­i­ety about Den­tistry is nei­ther rare nor un­usual. Once a pa­tient builds a rap­port with a Den­tist who prac­tices the steps out­lined above through trust and open­ness, they may even find that their trip to the Den­tal of­fice be­comes an en­joy­able re­lax­ing ex­pe­ri­ence that they look for­ward to!

Dr. An­gela Kapoor & Dr. Anita Sharma Drs. An­gela Kapoor & Anita Sharma are sis­ters who re­ceived den­tal de­grees from Dal­housie Univer­sity in Hal­i­fax, NS. They have been prac­tic­ing in the GTA for 19 and 22 years re­spec­tively. They are very ex­cited to...

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