Whether you have had oral surgery before or it is your first time, you may be a bit apprehensive about your upcoming procedure. While you’re certainly in good hands at OMSNashville, it’s normal to be a bit nervous.
Here are a few tips that can help you deal with anxiety before oral surgery and feel more comfortable and relaxed about the procedure.
1. Bring Someone With You To Your Appointment
It can be very comforting to have someone close to you, such as a friend, spouse, partner or family member come to your appointment with you. They may or may not be allowed in the procedure room itself, but even having them wait with you before your appointment and ready to welcome you after you’re finished will help minimize your anxiety.
2. Tell Your Doctor About Your Fears
It’s a good idea to tell your oral surgeon about what makes you nervous, so that they can recommend the appropriate steps to minimize your fear.
For example, if you don’t like the loss of control associated with oral surgery, you can talk about this with your doctor, and they can suggest things – such as hand signals to indicate that you’re ready to proceed – that may help minimize this fear.
3. Listen To Music Or Podcasts While You’re Waiting For Your Treatment (Or During It!)
You can relax and enjoy your favorite music or podcast while you wait for your treatment to help you feel less nervous. Depending on the treatment, you may also be able to continue listening to your tunes during the procedure, too.
4. Practice Deep Breathing
Deep, steady breathing helps keep you relaxed and minimizes hyperventilation, which can make you feel more panicky and nervous. Focus on taking deep, regular breaths before, during and after your procedure.
5. Learn What To Expect About The Procedure
Knowledge is power. Sometimes, simply talking in advance with your doctor about any questions you may have to gain a clear understanding of what you can expect with the treatment and recovery process can help alleviate anxiety and fear.
Stay Comfortable During Your Appointment At OMSNashville!
At OMSNashville, our team of caring, experienced oral surgeons is always here to help. We’ll discuss your fears and help you find ways to cope with anxiety before your procedure – ensuring that you feel safe and comfortable during the entire process. Contact us now to get more information about our services.