It is not uncommon for patients to feel fearful or anxious before any surgical procedure. At Greater Philadelphia Oral Surgery, we strive to make every patient feel as comfortable and confident as possible going into their surgical treatment. Some of the most common dental fears include:
- Fear of embarrassment about the condition of teeth
- Fear of pain
- Fear of not becoming numb when injected with Novocaine
- Fear of gagging
- Fear of injections
- Fear of loss of control
- Fear of the dentist as a person
- Fear of surgical equipment such as drills
If you are worried about your upcoming procedure, here are some great tips to calm your nerves:
- Talk to your doctor
While it can be difficult to express your concerns with others, talking to your doctor about your fears before the procedure allows them to take extra precautions to make you feel comfortable and safe.
- Bring a portable music player
Many patients feel relaxed when they listen to music during their appointment and music also cancels out any office noise that may induce fear.
- Agree on a signal
Talk with your doctor to agree on a signal that you can use during your consultation or procedure if you are experiencing pain or discomfort, such as raising a hand or tapping the chair.
- Spray the throat
Throat sprays (for example, Vicks® Chloraseptic® Throat Spray) are a great solution for those who have a delicate gag reflex. To keep the reflex under control for about an hour, use two or three sprays before your consultation.
- Take a mirror
It can be anxiety-provoking for some patients not to be able to see what is going on in their mouth. Speak with your doctor about bringing a mirror to your consultation so that you can see what is happening.
Sometimes, sedation during the procedure or appointment is the best option for anxiety-prone or fearful patients. Speak with your doctor at Greater Philadelphia Oral Surgery to determine which kind of sedation is right for you.
- Ask about alternatives
Certain advances in technology allow our doctors to perform procedures effectively with dental microsurgery. Speak with your doctor to determine what alternative options are available to you.
Drs. Funt and Mogyoros offer various forms of sedation to eliminate pain and reduce anxiety during surgical procedures. Our office stays up to date with the latest technologies and surgical techniques to ensure that your condition is diagnosed and treated in the most efficient manner possible. This also helps our doctors to ensure the quickest post-surgical recovery time possible.
If you have questions or concerns about how your oral surgeon can help you feel comfortable, calm, and confident during your procedure or consultation, please contact our office in Elkins Park.