Image-courtesy-of-patrisyu-at-FreeDigitalPhotos.net_-300x200 For some, a visit to the dentist is as easy as buckling their seatbelt…and just as important!

For others, the chilling thought of a dental visit is all but impossible to cross off their “to do” list.

Fear of going to the dentist is right up there with the fear of speaking in public. Approximately 20% of adults avoid going to the dentist due to fear or anxiety – including fear of needles, anesthesia, pain, embarrassment or anxiety over infringement of their personal space.

Even though they know that their fears are irrational, some people are absolutely panic-stricken, terrified, and may even become physically ill at the thought of time in a dental chair.

Older adults may fear the dentist because of a traumatic childhood dental experience – when procedures were painful, ambience was severely lacking, and patient comfort was not a consideration.

If you happen to fall in the “chilling thought” dental visit category, here are five tips that just may help:

  1. Use your hands – It’s impossible to talk with a mouthful of dental tools. Before your procedure, talk to your dentist about how you will communicate any pain or discomfort.
  2. Take a break – During a long procedure, anxiety can build and you may begin to feel claustrophobic. If you feel, at any time, like you need take a break, let your dentist know.
  3. Ask about medication – Today’s anesthesia is much more effective than in years past. Discuss with your dentist the many possibilities for a more comfortable and calming dental visit.
  4. Don’t be afraid to talk to your dentist – If you are anxious about a procedure, talk with your dentist about it. It could be that the ‘unknown’ is what you fear, especially if it has been many years since you last visited a dentist.
  5. Create a mental distraction – Think about something else; let your mind wander. Listen to the radio on your mobile device. Tune in and tune out!

Call Williams Lake Smiles and let us put your dental fears to rest.

Your smile is well worth the effort!

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Covid-19 (Corona) Virus

Dear valued patients of Williams Lake Smiles,

Greetings to patients and friends of Williams Lake Smiles!

June is here and hopefully, more summer weather is headed our way!

We are feeling excited and optimistic about the months to come as it appears that there is some positive easing of restrictions in British Columbia. Our team hopes this means that you will be able to slowly begin to see loved ones and move around a little bit more. Good news for us all!

In our office, your health and safety is still our utmost concern so we would like to update you and review our current protocols.

We are happy to be able to move from our online covid pre-screening forms to a verbal questionnaire. This means that you will no longer be required to do the online covid form before every appointment.
For the continued health and safety of all, we ask that you do not attend our office if you feel unwell at all or have traveled outside of the country within the past 14 days. We will ask you covid screening questions on the phone, at the time of scheduling appointments, and then again at the time of your arrival in our office. Mask wear is still mandatory for anyone entering our office. Your temperature will still be taken, shoe coverings provided and we will have you use hand sanitizer upon check-in at the door.

We will still be doing all we can to limit the amount of people in the office at one time and who you come into contact with while you are here.
We ask that you do not arrive too far ahead or drop off family members early for scheduled appointments. If our waiting room is full, we may ask you to remain in your vehicle and we can call you in as soon as we are ready. Please do not bring any extra people with you into the office. No spouses, children or siblings can accompany you to your appointment in the office.
We will continue with all other enhanced safety protocols to ensure that the health of our patients and staff team are our first priority and allow us to continue to provide you with our full range of exceptional dental care.

The Williams Lake Smiles team thanks to our amazing patients and friends for their ongoing patience and support through these unprecedented times of the past year and moving forward.
We appreciate your trust in us to help you be the healthiest you can be!

Please contact us with any questions or to schedule any of your dental needs.

Sincerely,

Dr. Rudy Wassenaar and the team at Williams Lake Smiles


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