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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Dear valued patients of Williams Lake Smiles,

Greetings to patients and friends of Williams Lake Smiles!

COVID Patient Protocol

Our staff at Williams Lake Smiles are following careful safety protocol to keep our patients, team, and community safe at all times.

There are a few things that we are asking of you, our patients, as well:

-Please do not arrive early for your appointment time as we may not be able to accommodate you in our waiting room area. We are doing our best to limit your contact with others during your time in our clinic. If we are running ahead of schedule, we will call you to come in sooner.

-Due to our small waiting area, please do not bring any extra family members with you to your scheduled appointment.

-When you do arrive for your scheduled time, please wait in the front boot room for direction from a member of our team for entry protocol. If there is already another person in that boot room, please wait outside the front door until one of our team members can bring you in and allow appropriate social
distancing.

-We are not currently allowing anybody in the office unless you have a scheduled appointment time. Please call or email the office if you would like to book an appointment or have questions about upcoming appointments,  treatment, or billing.

-All people entering the clinic must wear a mask as per the current mandate from the BC provincial health minister (August 25, 2021).

-Upon arrival for your scheduled appointment, we will go through a verbal COVID screening questionnaire, take your temperature, and have you use hand sanitizer before entering the waiting room or treatment areas.


Thank you for your continued patience as we navigate through the changing protocols, heavy workloads, and COVID limitations.

Sincerely,

Dr. Rudy Wassenaar and the team at Williams Lake Smiles


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