While we love being your dentist in Arlington Heights, IL, many patients tell us all the time about how much they used to dread going to the dentist before finding our office. Our goal is to create a positive patient experience so that you are able to sit back, relax, and look forward to your upcoming dental appointments and procedures. Dr. Brent Engelberg has some tips to help patients with dental anxiety overcome their fears of the dentist. Here are three things you can do to help you relax at the dentist office:
A big stressor that many patients experience is settling in at a new dentist’s office. There will be some paperwork to fill out, and we may ask for certain documents from you to ensure we are able to provide you with the care you need. Being well-prepared for your appointment will ensure that the doctor has all of the needed information to provide the best possible care for you. It also will help relieve any unnecessary dental anxiety you may be feeling. If you are planning on scheduling your first appointment with AHSmiles, we have made it super easy for you to be prepared for your appointment. You may access all of our patient forms below:
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Another factor that contributes to dental anxiety is not knowing what to expect when you sit down in the dental chair. We recommend asking questions before, during, and after your appointment. At any time, if you need further information about your dental health procedures, please let us know. We prioritize patient education initiatives and will do our best to answer all of your questions so that you feel confident about your dental procedures. Dr. Engelberg believes that an informed patient is a healthier patient, and will provide you with everything you need to know about your dental health care.
If you have had a previous bad experience at another dentist’s office, we understand that you may be naturally anxious in any dental chair. We suggest patients with severe dental anxiety consider sedation dentistry solutions. Nitrous oxide: known as “laughing gas,” allows patients to feel completely relaxed while remaining awake and cooperative during treatment. The effects of sedation are only experienced while the mask is in place, subsiding quickly once removed. For additional measures, you can also consider bringing a trusted friend along with you to your appointment. You may also bring in headphones and listen to your favorite music while we work on your teeth.
If you are looking for a compassionate and comprehensive dentist in Arlington Heights, IL, come visit Dr. Brent Engelberg at AHSmiles. Schedule an appointment online!