Have you ever heard of “white coat syndrome?” It’s an everyday occurrence for people that dislike going to the dentist or doctor. Some people even dislike having their teeth cleaned and experience anxiety or elevated blood pressure when they’re sitting back in the treatment chair. Here are some tips on helping you feel at home and more comfortable during your dental care, creating a positive experience that you can enjoy.
Bring your headphones and favorite playlist.
Music is an excellent distraction during dental procedures. Having a favorite compilation of songs that you can turn on and turn up will help you tune out any noises that make you feel anxious during treatments.
Apply a few drops of lavender essential oil to your wrists.
Lavender is soothing and creates a sense of relaxation. Just a couple of drops rubbed into the skin can feel calming and sooth as aromatherapy as well.
Dress comfortably, or even ask for a blanket.
If you’re too hot or too cold, you won’t be comfortable. Dress in layers so that outer layers can be taken off or even draped over you if you desire. Some dental offices also keep a blanket on hand so that patients can warm up if they need to.
Ask for nitrous oxide (laughing gas.)
Nitrous oxide is typically available for any dental procedure, for any patient. It’s easy to administer and provides calming effects in just a few minutes.
Dental teams know that a dental office isn’t the most relaxing place on earth, but they want their patients to be comfortable. The best way to do this is by patients letting them know what they need. Rather than avoiding the dentist, let them know what they can do to help you feel at ease while you’re there.
Posted on behalf of Dan Myers
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