Any type of surgery can cause someone to feel anxiety about the procedure. That’s why you might feel nervous about an upcoming oral surgery. Whether your treatment is for a facial injury, oral cancer, or tooth extraction or implantation, it’s very normal to feel apprehensive. Fortunately, there are ways to reduce your dental anxiety.
Here are 5 tips to calm yourself before your oral surgery:
1. Ask questions about your oral surgery.
Many times, dental anxiety occurs if you don’t know what to expect during your oral surgery. We encourage you to ask us all of your questions, such as your options for sedation and anesthesia.
You don’t have to wait for the date of your surgery. To ease your mind, make sure to contact us in advance if you have questions or concerns.
2. Follow your oral surgeon’s instructions.
Make sure to follow all of our pre-op guidelines. The instructions might include fasting for eight hours, being accompanied by a responsible driver, and wearing comfortable clothing. Adherence to our instructions will help you feel more prepared and will prevent the stress of having to reschedule your surgery.
3. Schedule your surgery at a stress-free time.
You’ll feel more calm before your appointment by considering the best time to schedule it. Avoid trying to fit in your oral surgery during a busy day. Instead, find a day and time when you won’t feel rushed. A little extra time before and after your oral surgery gives you a cushion which helps you feel more prepared and less anxious.
4. Learn calming techniques to reduce dental anxiety.
There are several techniques you can try for decreasing any feelings of stress and anxiety. These coping strategies include distraction and mindfulness. To keep yourself distracted, you can bring music to listen to in the waiting room. You can also practice mindful breathing by counting your breaths anytime you feel nervous.
5. Prepare for your recovery
Pain management and proper care of your surgical site are both important parts of your oral surgery. It may ease your dental anxiety to understand all of the steps you can take to reduce pain and prevent post surgery complications. Have clear fluids, soft foods, and ice packs ready at home for your recovery.
Robert B. Peak DDS can help you with any of your questions and concerns leading up to your oral surgery. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment.