Many people dread going to the dentist. If you have dental anxiety, have no fear. There are ways you can calm your dental anxiety and feel more comfortable receiving cleaning or procedures. To learn how to calm your dental anxiety, continue on.
First, prepare to share your anxiety with your dentist. It is important to let your dentist know that you have dental fears and anxieties. Letting your dentist in on how you are feeling can help them help you. Your dentist can assist you in feeling more relaxed and comfortable if they are aware of your nerves.
Next, plan ahead. One of the best ways to relieve anxiety is to get rid of the unknown. You can also feel more relaxed if you schedule your dentist appointment on a day where you are not busy. If you have free time before and after your appointment, you can take the time to relax your body.
Watch your food and beverage intake before your appointment. Avoid drinking something like coffee or eating something like sugary food. Caffeine and sugar can make your anxiety worse. Instead of eating sugary foods or drinking caffeinated beverages, consider more calming and relaxing options, such as decaffeinated tea.
Deep breathing is an excellent technique for relieving anxiety. You can practice deep, controlled breathing to help your anxiety go down. Try this breathing before your appointment, on your drive to your appointment, and/or in the waiting room.
Another one of the best techniques for relieving anxiety is exposing yourself to your fears. If you go to the dentist on a routine basis, you will get used to visiting the dentist and your fears will calm. Don't skip appointments or prolong them. Attend your bi-annual cleanings and don't skip any necessary appointments. Make going to the dentist part of your routine.
At R + R Dental, we are dedicated to helping you feel as comfortable as possible during your dental appointments. To schedule a cleaning or procedure with us, give us a call at 516-874-8834!