Most of us get a little nervous before having dental treatment. Even if you don’t have a full-out dental phobia, the anxiety is enough to ruin your day. What can you do to de-stress before the distress? Dental professionals recommend the following effective tricks.
Your body tends to relax when you stay comfortably warm. It’s easier to put on layers in a dental office rather than take them off, so you may find your local dental office to be a little cool. Take your favorite warm blanket to your appointment or dress in loose but warm clothing.
Yes, a lot of dental professionals love the smell of toothpaste, rubber gloves, and alcohol wipes. But if you prefer to not let those scents remind you where you are, apply a few drops of calming oil like lavender to your upper chest.
Dentists commonly advise patients to bring along their favorite music and earphones. This drowns out the unwelcome drilling noises!
Unless instructed otherwise for medical reasons, make sure you have a little healthy food in your stomach. You’ll stay in control of your system when your body is properly fueled. Low blood sugar and a “hangry” attitude won’t help you find your Zen in the dental chair!
If all else fails, dental sedation is an excellent option for those who suffer from dental anxiety. Dental sedation ranges from a mild sedative such as nitrous oxide (also known as laughing gas) to stronger oral conscious sedation and IV sleep sedation.
Ask your local dental team for more tips on getting your chill on before your teeth get their drill on!
Posted on behalf of:
Smile Avenue Family Dentistry
9212 Fry Rd #120
Cypress, TX 77433
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.
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
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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