Getting a procedure done to restore your smile or to fix your jaw is an exciting thing when you think about the desired outcome, but we know that the idea of undergoing dental surgery can be nerve-wracking, overwhelming and intimidating. This is a completely normal and natural way to feel in the lead up to dental surgery, like the placement of dental implants for example. This is a common procedure, but one many people worry a lot about because generally we’ve been conditioned to be afraid of anything dental-related. Most of these fears are because people believe dental appointments are an unpleasant experience.

Signs That You Might Be Suffering From Dental Anxiety Include;

  • Panic and fear in the days and hours before surgery
  • Struggling to sleep or relax
  • Concern over how much the procedure is going to hurt
  • Worrying about pain and discomfort during the recovery
  • Fearing the effects of anaesthesia

All of these concerns and worries can lead to a lot of worry and anxiety, which can make the day of the procedure a lot more stressful and difficult. It’s important to be well-informed about the procedure and the after-care and logistics, as this will help calm you down. At Malo Dental here on the Gold Coast, it is our mission to educate, inform and put our patients at ease when visiting our practice.

Follow Instructions Before the Procedure

In the months, weeks and days leading up to implant surgery, you will meet with the practitioner several times to assess your health, surgery plan and other aspects of treatment. During this time, you might also be given instructions to follow in the weeks and days leading up to the procedure. For example, you might be instructed not to smoke leading up the implant placement or to avoid alcohol in the 24 hours before the surgery. Following these instructions is important because they impact how the procedure will go, your recovery and the outcome you want from the treatment. It’s also important to heed any diet recommendations like what to eat before, and when you should have had your last meal before heading to surgery.

Ask Questions and Share Your Concerns

When you don’t know what’s going on, this can make you feel more nervous and anxious about the procedure, and this can easily be addressed by communicating with the dental and orthodontic team. They are there to help make the treatment process as comfortable and seamless as possible, and that includes discussing with you what to expect and putting you at ease by answering all the questions you might have. This is an important part of setting expectations, which will contribute to being calmer on the day or surgery.

On the day of the surgery;

  • Get plenty of rest including a good night’s rest the night before
  • Wear loose-fitting and comfortable clothes and shoes
  • Rinse out your mouth with an anti-bacterial mouthwash
  • Arrange for someone to drive you back home and take the necessary time off work
  • Follow the after-care instructions, remember they are given to help your body heal

Don’t let your anxiety about dental surgery get you down. It’s important to work with a dental team who put your comfort and peace of mind first. If you’re interested in dental implants and want to learn more or book a consultation, get in touch with our team.