How to overcome your dental anxiety
We all need to care of our teeth. Having healthy teeth and gums are important for your whole body and staying healthy. Plus, don't you want to show off your pearly whites?
These are some ways to overcome anxiety on visiting the dentist. Your dentist can provide more helpful tips to make you feel comfortable.
1. We want to talk to you
Talk to your hygienist, dentist and dental team about how you feel. Tell them about your worries when you schedule an appointment and arrive to your visit. It helps us to know how you feel so we can take better care of you.
2. Give us a safe signal
Make a signal — a thumbs down sign, tap on the arm — that you can do if you are not feeling comfortable and need a break. Being in control of when your dentist or hygienist starts and stops treatment can help reduce your stress and anxiety.
3. Don't forget to breathe!
We often hold our breath when we are tense and don't even realize it! Holding your breath increases you stress level and lowers your oxygen amount , so try to stay focused on taking slow, deep breaths.
4. Conduct a body check
Are you hands in a tight fist? Did you curl your toes? From head to toe, focus on relaxing your muscles.
5. Plan your appointment
If you schedule your visit in the middle of a busy week, the additional stress will make everything worse. Visit on a weekend or at night when you won't be rushed to make the appointment.