3 Tips to Ease Anxiety About Visiting a Periodontist

If you have been postponing a visit to the periodontist’s office, you’re not alone. As a periodontist in Los Angeles, I’ve talked with many men and women who want to improve their smile but fear what it might involve. However, visiting a periodontist can actually be a positive, fear-free and even pain-free experience.

Here are some tips to follow:

  • Talk with your periodontist during your consultation, and be honest about your concerns. By explaining your feelings, you give the periodontist information he or she can use to create an approach that will help you relax and feel comfortable throughout your procedure. Example: Your periodontist may offer you headphones with piped-in music to keep you focused on the music rather than on his or her activities.
  • Choose a highly experienced specialist who stays up to date with the latest methods. Example: Sedation dentistry can help minimize pain and stress.
  • Select a periodontist who goes out of his or her way to make your procedure comfortable. Example: I offer a wide range of ways to make your appointment more relaxing, including watching movies in the dental chair.

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