Of course, your dental anxiety is something that is a part of you. You can speak directly to it but it’s not as if there’s a personified version of your nervousness that will respond verbally back to you! With that said, though, our Cerritos, CA team reminds you that there are certainly a variety of ways to handle these feelings. When you “tell” any butterflies-in-the-stomach sensations (or tell yourself, depending on how you look at it) some positive or beneficial things, you may be surprised by the impact is has, as you quickly gain a sense of relief. Hint: We also offer dental sedation, so no worries!
#1: I Appreciate The Help But No Thank You!
When we see our patients, we know that any amount of dental anxiety that arises is something that is not wholly within anyone’s control. So, if you’re feeling extra anxiety because you don’t want us to know you feel this way, we encourage you to be quite honest instead. We also remind you to think of your nerves in this way: Sort of as a friend (or pest!) that’s not entirely in your control but that you can speak to. Imagine saying something like, “Thank you for trying to help me but I’m safe! Everything is okay, so you can go away now.” Acknowledging, rather than trying to suppress anxiety is often very helpful.
#2: I’m Comfortable With My Dental Team
Have a quick chat with your dental anxiety when it seems to be arriving or simply have a quick talk with yourself! Focus on the fact that you have visited our team before, you have selected us for dental surgery or other oral health care, and that you’ve done so because you trust us and feel comfortable. It doesn’t mean you won’t feel at all nervous. However, this will help you redirect your thoughts, as you feel yourself becoming centered.
#3: I Need This Treatment
Your dental anxiety doesn’t care why you are seeing our team for oral health care. It’s there because your nervous system is responding to stimulus (in this case, the fact that you are seeking smile care). With that said, it’s a good idea to remind yourself that you need care. This will give you the reminder you require in order to look at your anxiety objectively, as you remember that it’s trying to warn you just in case but you know that everything is A-OK and that you’re making very good choices for yourself.
Speak With Us About Your Dental Anxiety
Keep in mind that you’re not the only person dealing with dental anxiety! Let us know if you’re feeling this way, as millions of individuals go through it, and we can most certainly help you feel at ease! To schedule an appointment or consultation with Dr. Hofkes, contact us today by calling 562-584-4082. We proudly welcome patients of all ages from Cerritos, CA, and all surrounding communities and more.