Tricks to make your trip to the dentist more relaxing

Going to the dentist is important for your overall good health, but many patients experience anxiety about it, which can delay their visit. The idea of getting a routine dental checkup is scary for some, but the truth is, it doesn’t have to be. Below are some tricks to help make a trip to the dentist as painless as possible.


Be prepared

Regularly brush and floss your teeth in between visits and before your visit, so you can walk into the dentist office with confidence. Your smile will be as clean as possible and should help minimize your time in the cleaning chair.

Explain how you are feeling to the dentist

If your dentist is aware that you are feeling nervous, he or she might be able to calm your fears by explaining exactly what is being done to your teeth. If the dentist does not initially explain to you what is going on, don’t hesitate to ask questions.

Bring music or read a book

Listening to your favorite music in the waiting room and even during your exam can have a relaxing effect and help relieve some of your anxiety. Bringing a book to the appointment can serve the same purpose as music and distract you from any fears you might have.

Focus on breathing

Taking deep breaths will keep your heart rate steady and help you avoid experiencing additional anxiety.

Schedule regular visits

Seeing your dentist regularly not only enables you to develop a relationship with your dentist, but helps you prevent dental problems you might encounter if your oral health is neglected. Regular visits also minimize your chances for more invasive procedures, such as root canals or other oral surgery.

With a relaxed state of mind, you can embrace dental checkups and learn how to protect your pearly whites. Taking care of your teeth can help you avoid any oral-related illnesses and maintain better overall health. 

Sources

 

Psych Central, 10 Tips to Help You Overcome Dentist Phobia, accessed January 19, 2016, http://psychcentral.com/library/phobia_dentist.htm.

 

 

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