Going to the dentist can cause anxiety. In fact, there’s a fear called dentophobia, which is a phobia of the dentist. However, like most things in life, don’t let your fear rule how you go about your day-to-day activities. Instead of feeling fearful about going to the dentist, try to focus on the fact that you need to go to the dentist. If you want healthy and beautiful teeth, then caring for your dental health is imperative.

To help you get over your fear of going to the dentist, we supplied some information that should help you overcome the feelings of fear and anxiety when you schedule a dentist appointment. Today, we’ll be covering what you should expect when you go to the dentist for the first time. This will help you be aware of what your appointment will entail and how you can feel more comfortable as your appointment approaches.

What You Should Do Before Your Appointment

If you’re on a time frame or even if you want to cut down the length of time that you spend at the dentist, then you’ll want to fill out forms before you head in for your appointment. We make becoming a new patient with us easy. Just fill out the patient information, which is all available online and can be completed there as well.

We keep everything on our site to make it easier for you and your family to save time. We also have patient account access, so that you’re able to access all of the information you need on the site. We believe in making things as easy as possible for you and that means keeping everything you need in one place.

At Your Appointment

When you arrive at your appointment, you’ll sign in with the receptionist and then you’ll wait until your name is called, just like every other doctor you’ve probably visited. In the waiting room, we have an assortment of items to read and our receptionists are very welcoming and warm to help ease you into visiting the dentist. Then we’ll call your name and you’ll be able to sit and do the following:

  • Have Questions Answered: We know that you’ll have questions, so we want to give you the opportunity to ask them. Perhaps you have a tooth that’s been bothering you or your wisdom tooth is coming in. Whatever the case may be, we will sit down with you and go over what you expect from us and and what questions you may have about your oral health.
  • Go Over Oral Health: We’ll also go over oral health. Some people don’t know they need to floss everyday or that two minutes is the recommended time to brush your teeth. Others don’t know that brushing too hard can cause gum damage or that bad breath can be a serious sign of something going on. By educating you about oral health, you’ll be able to take care of your teeth better.
  • General Dentistry: Lastly, we’ll do a check up. One area that we focus on is general dentistry. We’ll look over your teeth, clean them, and make sure that you don’t have any cavities. If you haven’t had x-rays done recently, then we’ll also do that.

At Lifetime Smiles, we want to help you feel more comfortable when visiting the dentist, so we take on a personal touch. If you’d like to work with a trusted dentist in Austin, schedule an appointment today.