Afraid Of A Visit To The Dentist? Read On!

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,

We hope this finds all our patients and friends healthy and well as summer is supposed to be arriving! Fingers crossed that we will see some sunshine in the Cariboo soon!

Our clinic staff have been working hard through this "new normal" of COVID-19 and ensuring that our clinic is exceeding the regulations to create the most safe and comfortable environment for all our patients. In the field of dentistry, we have always been experts in infection control. Now we are establishing a modified workflow to go above and beyond in this endeavor.

We are starting to resume some scheduling of more routine procedures as well as emergency care at this time. Please feel free to contact our office if you have any questions about our current protocols or would like to schedule care.

Please respect our measures we are taking to ensure physical distancing within our office. This includes completing the COVID-19 prescreening form that is emailed to you before each appointment. We are also continuing to limit our waiting room to one person at a time and having patients complete payments and scheduling in their treatment room before exiting through the side door. This allows us to prevent interaction between patients whenever possible.

You may also find that we are slightly less flexible in our available appointment times for now as we are managing these new measures. We need to consider the amount of patients within our clinic at any time as well as stagger our patient entry and exit times.

Please be patient and kind as we all adjust to this protocol that is in place for the safety of all of us.

Take a few minutes to watch and share our latest instalment of Dr Wassenaar's appearance on the television program "The Wellness Hour". This interview outlines a lot of what we are doing to make sure that our patients have the utmost confidence and comfort in visiting Williams Lake Smiles at all times.

https://youtu.be/16Mdc2RF6Cw

Our first TV interview has enjoyed 860,000 views with world-wide sharing. We would love to hear your feedback.

We look forward to seeing you in our office soon.

Sincerely,

Dr Rudy Wassenaar

Dr Sophia Dahai

And all the Williams Lake Smiles team


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