How to overcome dental anxiety
Everyone needs to take care of their teeth, because healthy teeth and gums are important for the health of your whole body. Plus, everyone wants to see that beautiful smile of yours!
Here are few ways to overcome fears of visiting the dentist. Your dentist can tell you about more ways to help you feel comfortable.
1. Talk to us
Talk to the staff, your hygienist or your dentist about how you feel. Tell them about your fears when you set your appointment and when you arrive. Knowing how you feel helps them take better care of you. Plus, acknowledging your fears can help lower your stress level.
2. Set a safe signal
Choose a signal — a wave, a thumbs down sign, a tap on the shoulder — that you can use if you’re feeling uncomfortable and need a break. Being able to control when your dentist or hygienist starts and stops can help reduce your anxiety.
When we’re tense, we often hold our breath without even realizing it! Holding your breath lowers your oxygen levels and raises your stress level, so let it out and try to stay focused on taking slow, deep breaths.
4. Do a body check
Are you hands clenched? Your toes curled? Your face all scrunched? Focus on relaxing your muscles from head to toe.
5. Time your appointment
If you schedule your appointment in the middle of a busy workweek, the extra stress will make things worse. Visit on a Saturday or in the evening when you won’t be pressed for time.