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Your Next Family Dentistry Visit: How to Cope With Anxiety

Anxiety about going to a dental appointment is nothing new. 

Many people have been reluctant to visit their dentist since the advent of dentistry. Dentists are constantly looking for ways to make patient visits more pleasant. 

COVID-19 or the Coronavirus can make the prospect of visiting the dentist an anxiety-inducing event. Our dental office has taken all the necessary precautionary measures to keep everyone safe.  Take a look at last month’s blog. The safety of our staff and patients remains our top priority. *** 

“Dental Anxiety” is the belief that something can go wrong during a dental appointment. Then out of fear, the patient may miss one or several appointments.  We want to make sure everyone is receiving the necessary care during these challenging times.

We have some ways to help you cope with any anxiety that you may have:

  1. Talk to your dentist and the dental care staff about your anxiety: Communicate clearly and candidly with the staff. Let them know of any illnesses you have had or in your family. Disclose any travel you have done.  We will try our best to help alleviate your concerns.
  2. Inform yourself of the OSHA COVID-19 guidelines: Wash hands for 20 seconds or use 60% alcohol; Wear a face mask and other protective equipment like PPEs; Social distancing of six feet; Avoid touching surfaces in public places.  We have arranged our schedule to minimize the number of people in the office at the same time.  Also, each patient will receive their own room which is thoroughly sterilized and wiped down after each patient 
  3. Plan your dental appointment: One definite way to eliminate or reduce anxiety is by planning your appointment. Let the dental staff know when you have arrived.  We can call you back when we are ready for you so that we can escort you directly into your own private room.  
  4. Wear your protective equipment and facemasks:  Remember to wear your facemasks before, during, and after your appointments.  We will be there to help remind you.
  5. Don’t panic: Once you have taken the above precautions, there is no need to worry or panic. You have done what you needed to do. 
  6. Remember to limit the amount of news or social media: Much of our anxiety comes from constant exposure to news and social media channels.  Listen to some calming music or bring a favorite book or magazine to read.
  7. Even after performing all of these things, if you feel like you are not ready for your dental appointment, please call or email us to discuss your concerns.  We can set up a telemedicine appointment.

Going to a dentist can cause anxiety for many people, especially given our current situation.  We are here for you.  Please call us at 301-984-9646 or email us at info@allsmilesbethesda.com or lorraine@allsmilesbethesda.com or drleung@allsmilesbethesda.com.  We want to make sure you do no neglect urgent or routine dental care.  

We look forward to seeing you again and we are happy to answer any questions that you may have.  We will gradually call many of you to schedule appointments that we had to reschedule in the last few weeks.  If you would like to schedule an appointment, please call us at 301-984-9646 or email us at info@allsmilesbethesda.com or lorraine@allsmilesbethesda.com.  

We serve the Bethesda, Rockville, Silver Spring, and the Washington, DC area.

*** For more information on COVID-19/Coronavirus prevention in dental offices, click here.   

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