Restorative dentists are becoming extremely popular due to their ability to correct many dental imperfections and conditions. Dentists who use restorative techniques can improve the look of your teeth and give you a more aesthetically pleasing smile. One of the main reasons many patients don’t seek out this type of treatment is due to the fear factor. You don’t have to be afraid any longer. Restorative dentists are reducing patient fear by using many different techniques and doing everything they can to make you as comfortable as possible.
Ways Restorative Dentists are Reducing Patient Fear
There are many ways restorative dentists create a calming environment for their patients. Here are a few that you may find in your dentist’s office.
Keeping Wait Times Short
The mouth is one of the most sensitive areas of the body. When you go to the dentist and are forced to sit in the waiting room for long periods of time, you can talk yourself out of your appointment. Most dentists minimize their wait time to make you more comfortable.
The sound of waterfalls, natural habitats, and the bubbling of fish tanks are extremely soothing. Also known as “pink” noise, adding these sounds is just one way that dentists try to create a relaxing atmosphere. Having a fish tank in view is another calming feature.
Calming colors on the walls and fish tanks are both known to soothe the mind and keep you calm and relaxed. Both sight and sound affect your state of anxiety. Artwork that includes soft, pastel colors and soothing lines is also beneficial.
Playing Relaxing Music or Offering Headsets
Many of the sounds associated with a restorative dentist’s office can cause anxiety. Drills, clinking tools, and noise from other patients can cause stress and anxiety. Bring a pair of headphones so you can listen to music during your appointment. Headphones block out the majority of the background noise you may hear while in the dentist‘s chair.
Many dentists are reducing patient fear with the use of essential oils. Diffusing the oils into the air, or placing drops of them on the patient’s napkin during treatment, can have a calming effect.
Advanced Injection Systems
Many dentists are using injection systems which are less painful than they were in the past. One such system is the Dental Vibe injection system, which is one of the best injection comfort systems available.
Talk to Your Dentist
Above all, talk to your dentist. Ask questions. Let them know your concerns. Restorative procedures can be lengthy at times. Get to know your dentist. Building a rapport based on trust and compassion is the quickest way to maintain your comfort and be relaxed during a procedure.
Ultimate Smile Design understands the anxiety and fear that many patients experience when undergoing dental procedures. Our office provides a soothing atmosphere that reduces patient fear and makes our patients as comfortable as possible. In our waiting room, lavender oil is diffused to calm our patients. If requested, we will also apply the oil to the patient’s napkin during treatment. We use the Dental Vibe Injection Comfort System which reduces the pain and stress of injections. Schedule an appointment with us today in our Palm Bay, Florida office. We will help eliminate your fear of the dentist.