Oral surgery anxiety is common and normal. Many patients experience a case of nerves or fear at the thought of even visiting a dentist or oral surgeon, and the idea of undergoing surgical treatment only amplifies those feelings.
Are you worried about an upcoming procedure? Calming your nerves may not be easy, but you can help reduce your oral surgery anxiety — and have a positive, comfortable experience — by following our simple pre-surgery tips.
Learn About Your Oral Surgery Procedure
Anxiety about oral and maxillofacial surgery often stems from unanswered questions. Some patients want to know everything about their upcoming procedure, while others simply need to know the basics to feel more comfortable. Make a point to learn enough about your upcoming surgery to help alleviate your concerns.
Talk to the Oral Surgeon About Anesthesia
For many patients, surgery anxiety relates to the potential pain and trauma they may believe accompany the procedure. A discussion about anesthesia can reduce these fears, as you may even have the option to choose your preferred method. Oral sedation, laughing gas and IV sedation are among the many anesthesia options that can provide you with a relaxing, pain-free surgical experience.
Discuss Your Oral Surgery Anxiety
If you’re feeling anxious, don’t keep it to yourself — tell your oral surgeon about your worries. Whether you’re concerned about a particular aspect of your surgery, nervous about anesthesia or have a fear of pain, our treatment team can take steps to minimize your stress and help you feel more at ease.
Practice Relaxation Techniques
Practicing relaxation techniques ahead of your upcoming procedure may also help to relieve your anxiety. Progressive muscle relaxation, guided visualization, meditation and deep breathing exercises can refocus your attention and allow you to feel calmer and more at ease. It’s important to note that these techniques typically require practice, so don’t wait until the morning of surgery to try them for the first time.
Bring Support on Oral Surgery Day
Emotional support can help you keep your anxiety at bay on the day of your surgery. Ask a trusted friend or family member to accompany you to your appointment. Chances are you won’t be able to drive home alone anyway, but just knowing that a loved one is there to look out for your interests can help you get through your procedure with less stress and anxiety.
Don’t let your surgery anxiety stop you from getting the oral or maxillofacial treatment you need. Instead, schedule your procedure with caring, friendly professionals who can help you feel as relaxed and comfortable as possible. If you live in the greater Salt Lake City area, that means trusting the team at Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of Utah.
Dr. Partridge, Dr. Maxfield and the rest of our surgical treatment team are known for providing compassionate care and making sure our patients feel at ease. Let us help relieve your anxiety. Contact one of our three convenient offices today to schedule your oral surgery consultation.