Self-Care Tips for Dental Anxiety
Looking for ways to keep calm during a visit to the dentist? Here are some tips that might relieve your apprehension:
Find a dentist committed to helping you reduce your anxiety. Discuss your fears with your dentist and learn about the options for treating pain and anxiety.
Have your dentist agree on a “stop” signal so you can take a time-out from the procedure if you need to.
Avoid caffeinated beverages before your visit. They are likely to make you more jittery.
Schedule your appointment for early in the day, and try to get a good night’s sleep beforehand.
Bring a friend or family member for reassurance.
Bring along a portable music player with headphones to use as a distraction before and during treatment.
Practice relaxation exercises and guided imagery techniques.
Get regular dental checkups. Frequent visits help in several ways: you build a good rapport with your dentist, you become familiar with the dental staff and office routines, and you enable your dentist to catch problems early, potentially avoiding more extensive procedures at a later date.
Source: Dental Health for Adults: A Guide to Protecting Your Teeth and Gums. Copyright © by Harvard University. All rights reserved.
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Weber, Hans-Peter, DMD
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