It’s that time of year again! It’s time to go back to the dentist again for your bi-annual checkup. Going to the dentist can be dreadful, especially if you’ve had a bad past experience. Most people tend to become quiet anxious as their appointment draws nearer, especially if they haven’t been preparing themselves for the check-up during the previous months.
The worst fear is probably finding out that something has gone wrong with your teeth and you’re going to have to undergo some sort of painstaking and expensive procedure to rectify it. The good news is you, can prepare yourself for your appointment and detach yourself from this fear if you follow these 7 simple steps. They will help you be prepared before your appointment, mentally and practically.
1. Remember Your Last Appointment
Take a trip down memory lane and recall the last conversation you had with your doctor the last time you met. He probably told you to floss more and brush twice a day. Did you follow his advice? If you haven’t, you can still start today! (also remember to continue them!)
2. Maintain Good Oral Hygiene
The best way to maintain oral hygiene is to brush, floss, and rinse with mouthwash twice a day. This will help prevent bacteria from forming and keep your mouth fresh. Also remember to brush and floss before going for your appointment. Every time you feel like skipping brushing your teeth or flossing, think about the anxiety you feel before the appointment and use the anxiety as a motivator to get off the couch and get brushing.
Try to pick a date that suits you in terms of relaxation. If you get anxious before your appointment, it would be best to schedule it for when you can take a leave of absence from work and mentally prepare yourself for your appointment. If you feel you can’t control your anxiety, try some deep breathing exercises to get yourself together and keep your heart rate under control to overcome your anxiety.
4. Have Your Dental Records In Order
The first thing doctors usually do is check any previous medical records you may have. Be sure to keep your dental records ready for the day of your appointment, along with any documentation you may need.
5. Be Honest And Upfront About Your Anxiety
Dentists usually understand that even older patients can sometime face anxiety and nervousness when visiting for a checkup. Be prepared to talk your heart out and let the dentist know what is about the checkup that makes you feel so hesitant. Some dentists also offer sedatives to help ease down the anxiety in some patients.
6. Arrive Early At The Clinic
Getting to the clinic a little earlier than your appointment can help you compose yourself and prepare yourself for your meeting with your doctor. You can also sort out your documentation and get paperwork out of the way with ease. The more you allow yourself to settle in, the better your appointment will go.
7. Stay Positive
Remember that you are there for your own benefit and your own health. Keep a positive mindset about the appointment and remember that nothing bad will happen. It’s not like this your first appointment right? Remember all the times you made it out alive, that should help!
Following these seven simple steps, you can overcome your anxieties and fears and prepare yourself 100% for your visit to the dentist and make sure things go smooth! Keep smiling!