Posted on 10/20/2019 by Manhattan Maxillofacial Surgery Group
Are you concerned about an upcoming oral surgery or procedure? Join the club! During the period between scheduling a necessary oral procedure and the actual surgery day can seem long and arduous as anxiety builds and uncertainties creep into your subconscious thoughts.
Because of this, many people avoid going to the dentist and opt to live with the pain, hoping they can magically will it away over time. What is it about the dentist that turn a tattooed biker into a sweaty-palmed teenager? How can you overcome your anxiety before oral surgery? Here are some of the ways you can cope and get passed your initial reactions.
Learn and Talk about Oral Surgery Procedures With a Professional
For most patients, oral surgery anxiety is more about the pain they may face during and after the procedure. Having a simple discussion with your oral surgeon about the anesthesia used, and even having the ability to choose your preferred technique such as sedation, gas (laughing), or IV sedation, often helps relax many patients, knowing they will have a pain free experience.
Don't keep your anxieties and fears bottled up. Be sure to discuss them all with your oral surgeon. No matter how small or insignificant you feel it might be, your oral surgeon can help you take the necessary steps and reassure you about your upcoming procedure, as well as help prepare you for post-surgery.
Get Relaxed with Relaxation Techniques
Relaxation techniques are a great way to help you prepare for any upcoming oral surgery or procedure by helping you relieve anxiety and stress. Try using gradual loosening of your muscles, guided meditation and visualization, and even deep and thoughtful breathing exercises can help to turn your negative feelings into positive affirmations, that put you in a calmer and more peaceful state of mind.
It is important that we point out, these exercises do require some practice and will prove to be more effective if you start trying them prior to the day of surgery. Our office is known in the industry for providing the most effective and compassionate oral care, taking extra caution to ensure all of our patients feel safe and their minds are at ease. Let us assist you with your oral surgery anxiety. Contact us today, and let's schedule your oral surgery consultation for free.
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