Working in dentistry can be tough. Patients have fears and anxieties that make our jobs difficult – but they don’t have to be. Try these tiny tips to ease anxiety and increase patient comfort.
Tiny Tip #2 - THE POWER OF SUGGESTION
I find that patients are very open to suggestion, mostly because they know very little about what we do.
If I tell my patients the outcome I am expecting from a product or procedure, they are more open to it. For example, if I tell my patients that I am placing topical anesthetic on their tissue and I specifically tell them it will numb the tissue before the needle, they seem to feel less of the pinch.
The same holds true for desensitizing. I brush or polish it on and I tell my patients that I am placing a desensitizer on their teeth and that will it block the channels to the nerve so they will feel less. Without fail, they report less sensitivity.
How to: Prepare patients to expect a positive outcome before beginning the procedure. The expectation or suggestion alone, often unconsciously, changes behavior and response patterns to help bring into reality the positive suggestion.