Does your upcoming oral surgery have you feeling a little nervous? If so, you’re not alone.
Almost everyone has some level of nervousness or fear when it comes to surgical procedures. And, in fact, many people come down with a case of nerves at the very prospect of visiting a dentist or oral surgeon.
You can, however, have a positive experience with oral surgery despite your worries. Try the following tips to calm your nerves and get rid of your pre-surgery jitters.
Talk to Your Oral Surgery Team
The first — and arguably most important — step to easing your anxiety is talking with the surgical team.
Don’t hesitate to let us know if you are nervous about the procedure, and be sure to point out any particular aspects of the surgery you find worrisome.
Our oral surgeons and dental assistants want to address all of your concerns. We provide details and information, and answer all of your questions.
Rest assured that all of our procedures are safe and effective. But in many cases, we may be able to modify your treatment plan to help you feel more at ease, including giving you options regarding your method of anesthesia.
Oral sedation, laughing gas and IV sedation are among the many anesthesia options available today. We will help you choose the one that makes you the most comfortable.
Listen to Music During Oral Surgery
If you will be conscious for your procedure, calming your nerves may be as easy as bringing your iPod to your appointment.
Research strongly suggests that listening to music can help alleviate surgery anxiety. Though science can’t tell us exactly why music helps, experts believe that it reduces stress by providing a pleasant distraction. Some studies recommend listening specifically to classical music, but most research shows that you can benefit from listening to any type of music you like.
It’s important to note that listening to white noise or simply wearing earplugs to block the sound does not provide the same calming effect. So make sure to bring a playlist of songs you love.
Focus on Breathing During Oral Surgery
Breathing exercises are another great way to relieve stress during your procedure. These techniques are easy to master and you can use them in just about any situation — including oral surgery.
Deep, slow breathing can be helpful. Try inhaling deeply through your nose, then counting to five in your head. Exhale slowly through your mouth, counting to eight as you do so. Repeat this cycle a few times, or as often as needed to remain calm.
Focus completely on your breathing and you will find yourself becoming less tense in no time.
Don’t let a case of nerves stop you from having the oral surgery you need. Our professional team understands your worries. These feelings are normal and common, so don’t be shy.
Contact Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery of Utah today. We will take the steps necessary to ensure that you are as comfortable as possible before, during and after your oral surgery.