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10 Ways to Relax Away That Dental Anxiety

Dental fear is real and often incapacitating.

You might be sick of hearing others tell you that dental care is “no big deal” and “why don’t you just get over it.”

Instead of fooling yourself into believing that you don’t really need dental treatment, try these techniques for conquering your fears at your own pace.

  1. Bring along a book, electronic game, or word search puzzle to distract your mind.
  2. Get comfy with a blanket and pillow from home.
  3. Drown out terrifying background noises with music or a audio-book in a set of earphones.
  4. Establish a system of signals with your dentist so that you can calmly let him or her know you need a break.
  5. If you have a strong gag reflex, aim to close your eyes, breathe through your nose, and wiggle your toes during scary moments. This really helps direct your senses away from your mouth!
  6. Bring along a supportive friend or family member for the companionship.
  7. Eat a light meal an hour or two before your appointment.
  8. Schedule treatment at the least stressful time of your day.
  9. Try aromatherapy with some soothing essential oil or scented lotion that will help you ignore any unusual smells in the office.
  10. Ask your dentist about dental sedation options.

You don’t need to let anyone make you feel bad for having an uncontrollable fear. But neither do you need to let that fear control you! You deserve a healthy, comfortable, and beautiful smile, no matter what.

Posted on behalf of:
Cane Bay Family Dentistry
1724 State Rd #4D
Summerville, SC 29483
(843) 376-4157


Dental Anxiety

A little bit of anxiety is very common before many things including going to the dentist. Fortunately, there are ways to control and help reduce or eliminate dental anxiety and these tips may help you have a better dental experience.  You can also use these tips with your children and family members, to help them have a better experience.

First, never be afraid to tell the dentist and his staff what you are feeling. Dental staffs now all receive special training on the anxious dental patient, and will be able to help meet your needs. They will be able to answer further questions and discuss with you what is going on. Sometimes, just knowing that someone cares and is talking to you makes all the difference in the world!

Anxiety is worse when you feel rushed or tense. Schedule your appointments on days that are not hectic or busy at work, or take the entire day off. Leave home in plenty of time so you don’t feel rushed on your way to the dentist, and get plenty of sleep the night before. Pamper yourself a bit if you are having a procedure, or schedule a ‘fun’ event for after the dental appointment.

Ask your dentist if they mind if you listen to music on your MP3 player, or watch a movie on your laptop or tablet.  Wearing headphones will distract you from the noise of the machinery, and help you relax.  You may even laugh at a funny song or line in the movie!  If you cannot do that, try closing your eyes and thinking about something fun you did or your favorite vacation destination. Visualization has been shown to dramatically decrease anxiety.

Never avoid going to the dentist because you are anxious. Routine dental care is a cornerstone of good health. If your anxiety is severe, talk to your dentist about gentle dentistry options to help you manage routine and other treatments.

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