Are you nervous about your upcoming dental implants procedure? It’s perfectly normal to feel a heightened sense of excitement as well as anxiety as you approach your appointment. After all, you’re getting brand new teeth!
Getting dental implants from a skilled and experienced implant dentist is nothing to fear. However, it is still understandable that you may feel nervous. Anxiety is essentially an unhealthy emotional reaction that the mind creates in response to fear, worry or the unknown.
High levels of anxiety don’t just consume your thoughts and change your attitude, anxiety can also trigger physiological responses in your body as well. In fact, anxiety produces additional acids in your body that cause the muscles to tense up. This can interfere with the anesthetic and cause you to feel more soreness or discomfort after the procedure.
To help you relax and remain calm before dental implant surgery, try these tips:
Ask questions! Before your appointment, ask as many questions as you want so that you have clear understanding of what to expect. Resolving the “fear of the unknown” can dramatically reduce anxiety.
Eat before you arrive. It is important for your mind and body that you come to your procedure hydrated and with a full stomach of healthy, healing foods. Of course, follow your dentist’s advice if your sedation level requires other dietary requirements.
Arrive early. There’s nothing that will skyrocket your anxiety worse than rushing in at the last minute for your appointment. Plan to arrive about 15 minutes early to allow time for your mind to relax and settle into your surroundings.
Focus on the reward. Your mind is powerful – so keep it positive. If you can direct your thoughts to how rewarding it will be to have a healthier, more attractive smile after you dental implants are done, you’ll have a calmer state of mind and body.
Ask for sedation. Sedation dentistry offers remarkable advantages for patients choosing dental implants or any other type of lengthy procedure. There are different types and levels of sedation depending on your individual concerns and needs. In most cases, sedation dentistry allows patients to fully relax yet remain aware of their surroundings and able to communicate. You may fall asleep or not even remember the procedure once you’re done!
At the office of Dr. Wayne Suway, we realize that while patients are confident and excited about getting dental implants, the procedure itself can cause some notable angst. If you feel nervous about your upcoming dental appointment, please give us a call. Our Marietta office offers a full menu of services and amenities that are designed to boost your comfort while you are here. We can also walk you through your procedure step by step so that you aren’t caught off guard during your visit.