Dental Anxiety Tips: The Zen Room, Sedation & More
Many people throughout the US suffer from some level of dental anxiety. Dental anxiety, or dental phobia, can range in severity from simple embarrassment to profound levels of fear. In either case, patients who suffer from dental anxiety often avoid the dentist altogether, causing serious oral health issues over time. Our dental anxiety tips are here to help those who suffer on either end of the spectrum.
Do you believe you might suffer from dental anxiety, or some level of dental discomfort? If so, you’ve come to the right place. We won’t shame you or make you feel bad, no matter how long it’s been since you’ve seen a dentist. Even if you’re only a little embarrassed, but are avoiding the dentist, Northstar is here to help. With the help of these dental anxiety tips and our brand new Zen Room, we believe we can help you overcome your discomfort.
Northstar Dental’s Zen Room
From the beginning, we’ve known that the dentist’s office is far from the most comfortable place for most. So we can all imagine the extra difficulty for those with dental anxiety. For years our team has brainstormed how to change this paradigm. After years of deliberation, we’ve decided that the a great place to start is from the ground up. Cue the Northstar Zen Room.
Using a handful of unique relaxation techniques, we’re now offering a room dedicated to helping patients feel calm and comfortable. If you struggle with dental anxiety, the Zen Room is built just for you. It has a handful of extra amenities to help you feel comfortable and safe.
In the Zen Room, we offer scented candles to help you feel comfortable. Studies have shown that certain natural scents can aid people in reducing anxiety.
Music is another useful tool in helping to reduce anxiety. Our Zen Room features its own playlist that was curated specifically to help ease your nerves.
Our plush couches will also help you feel right at home. Kick back, relax, and know that you are in good hands in the Zen Room.
By keeping the Zen Room lit with alternative lighting, we’ve reproduced a comfortable place for patients to relax.
Our sedation dentistry is sure to help anybody relax. Many of our patients who avoided the dentist in the past are now coming in regularly. These patients often cite sedation dentistry as a primary factor in helping them overcome their anxiety.
Dental Anxiety Tips: Starting with the Zen Room
First and foremost, we believe that an excellent way to overcome dental anxiety is to come see us. Our team has worked with thousands of anxious patients throughout the years, and we’re well-equipped to help them overcome their fears. Be sure to communicate with our team members that you’re feeling some anxiety, and we’ll accommodate you accordingly.
Over the years, we’ve developed a reputation for working with anxious patients. Our team is full of excellent, caring dentists, who want nothing more than to help patients feel good about themselves. In that time, we’ve come up with a few dental anxiety tips to help our patients feel more at ease.
1. Breathe Deeply
Our team members can help you with this, but breathing plays a huge factor in remaining calm. The rhythm of deep breaths can help you maintain your cool in any situation.
2. Communicate With Our Team
Letting our team members know about your concerns is one of the most important dental anxiety tips we can offer. When you do this, our team will talk you through the treatment to make sure you know what’s going on. Most patients are impressed with how much this helps.
3. Bring a Trusted Friend or Family Member
If it helps you feel comfortable, you can bring someone you love with you to the appointment. This will often help patients remember that they’re safe.
4. Avoid Consuming Caffeine, Sugar
Caffeine and sugar have the serious potential to amp you up. If you’re anxious, they’ll both make you feel more anxious. Try to limit the amount of caffeine you consume prior to your appointment. Eating high-protein foods can also help you feel extra calm.
5. Treat Yourself After the Appointment
After your appointment, you should feel proud! You deserve to feel accomplished. Do something fun for yourself as a reward for your success in beginning the process of overcoming your fears.
When you’re ready to schedule an appointment with us, you can do so at the bottom of this page. You can also call us at 402-742-0000. When you schedule your appointment, be sure to let us know that you’d like to be seen in our Zen Room. We’re happy to help you overcome dental anxiety today.
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