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Why Am I Anxious in the Dental Office?

 
Chapter: How Dentists Relieve Anxiety

Your dentist works to reduce your anxiety before you even step foot in the dental office. This process begins on the phone, while making appointments. Your dentist's office staff has been trained in caring patient services; and they will inform you of what to expect and answer your questions to ensure your confidence and comfort during your visit. Once you arrive for your appointment, your dentist has done a lot to ensure that every aspect of your visit is designed to create optimal comfort. He or she has made sure to keep the waiting room neat and clean, and filled it with magazines and dental-health information and resources. Some dental offices set aside a small portion of the waiting room as a play area for children. Others offer distractions such as television, music and even virtual reality glasses in the operatory. An understanding of your dental health and the dental services or treatment that you and your dentist have discussed and decided upon will help to relieve dental anxiety. Ask questions and request informational materials.
 
Reviewed: January 2012