How Do I Know What to Read?
The good thing about dental procedures is that you seldom visit the dentist for a routine check-up and wind up having a complex procedure. Unless it's an unavoidable emergency dental procedures are usually planned in advance. This gives the dentist the ability to schedule the amount of time needed for the procedure and it gives you time to prepare.
Before you leave the dentist's office, ask him to write down the name of the procedure he will be performing at your next appointment and ask if he has any material that can explain the procedure. You can take this material with you and read it. Generally, there will be diagrams so that you can visualize what will be done.
Why Should I Bother?
It's human nature. When we don't understand something, it can cause anxiety or fear. Fear of the unknown is very powerful and can make it that much harder for you as you wait for the procedure to take place.
If you read up on the procedure, however, you will understand what the dentist is going to do. The pictures will help you relate what the material is showing you with your own mouth.
Though it may still feel intimidating or scary, you at least will know what to expect. It will make the whole process easier on you and your dentist.
Please contact our office if you have any questions about your oral health.