Communicate with Your Dentist
Something that’s always important when dealing with dental anxiety is talking to your Rochester dentist about how you feel. Your dentist can’t help with problems they don’t know about.
Tell your dentist how you’re feeling both before and during your appointment. Your dentist will respond by being equally communicative and reassuring.
At Contemporary Dentistry, we take the initiative to encourage communication. In addition to the normal patient questionnaire, we have an anxiety questionnaire that helps you get everything out in the open. This reduces anxiety in the future and lets us proactively take steps to reduce your anxiety, no matter its source.
Another important guideline: don’t lie to your dentist to avoid embarrassment. This is unfortunately common, especially when it comes to things like brushing your teeth and flossing. Truth is best for many reasons. Most importantly, your dentist will likely be able to tell when you’re lying. This creates an extra level of discomfort between you.