October 7, 2021
If you’re like most other people, having a tooth removed is not something you look forward to. However, the anticipation of your upcoming oral surgery may feel more daunting than the actual removal process. If you’re scared, worried, or unsure about this necessary procedure, here are four tips to help you conquer your fear of tooth extractions and begin to embrace the opportunity to take better care of your oral health.
Learn From Your Dentist
One of the greatest tips to remember before undergoing a tooth extraction is to talk to your dentist about the process. Knowing exactly what will happen during the procedure can help you become familiar with the steps and process them beforehand, so you don’t walk in the day of your surgery feeling unprepared or “in the dark” about what will happen during your visit. Fortunately, your dentist will go over all the necessary information during your initial appointment. You’ll also be encouraged to ask questions and express any concerns.
Don’t Forget to Breathe
Breathing may not seem like something you should have to think about doing, but the longer you hold your breath, the greater your anxiety and fears. Instead, learn some new breathing techniques and even meditation to help you relax and become calm before your procedure. Being mindful of your breathing will help to slow down your heart rate and create a more calming environment and experience.
Pick Your Favorite Tunes
If your dentist allows it, don’t hesitate to bring some music with you on the day of your procedure. Choosing music that helps you relax and essentially “get away” from anything that is causing fear, anger, or anxiety can allow you to refocus your attention on the lyrics and sounds of the music instead of what is happening inside of your mouth.
Entrust a Friend or Family Member
Depending on the type of sedation you receive, it can be helpful to have a family member or friend come with you to escort you home after your appointment. By having someone you can trust alongside you for the ride, you can rely on them to take care of you and ensure you’re feeling fine after surgery. If the anxiety is really high, you might ask the dentist if it’s okay for that individual to sit nearby for an added layer of comfort.
Tooth extractions may not be how you want to spend your time and money, but the reality is they are often necessary to prevent worsening oral health conditions. Should you be required to undergo this process, try out these tips to help minimize your anxiety and remain calm during your appointment.
About the Author
Dr. Gary Rosenfeld completed his doctorate at Columbia University Dental School in 1984 before finishing a General Practice Residency at Sea View Hospital on Staten Island. Dr. Rosenfeld and his team at East Islip Dental Care want to help you achieve optimal oral health, which means providing insightful tips and information to help you get through a tooth extraction. Understanding this is a worrisome procedure for some, we want to help all our patients feel comforted and at ease. To determine what you can do to prepare for the removal of a tooth, visit our website or call (631) 581-8600.
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