How to make dentist visits less stressful

May 2nd, 2014


Though they are only there to help, many of us are still scared of the dentist. However, there are things you can do to make your visit more pleasant.

If you are still afraid of going to see the dentist, you are not alone, but conquering your fear and making trips there more enjoyable is for the best, as it means you will not be discouraged from going back in the future. Seeing the dentist regularly is a key part of a good oral health routine, and it is better to try out some new ways of relaxing than start skipping visits and putting your teeth at risk.

Before you even leave for the dentist, try getting into a calmer state of mind. Try meditation, yoga, or a nice walk to stay active, or instead indulge in a hot bath to feel more peaceful. On the way to the practice, listen to calming music so that you’ll feel happier walking in.

Don’t forget to leave yourself plenty of time to reach the dentist. Setting off too late and getting caught in traffic will undo any sense of calm you have achieved, and instead will leave you feeling more stressed out. Give yourself enough time to arrive, fill in any paperwork, and sit for a few moments in the waiting room.

Once you arrive at the dentist, remember that communication is key. Bear in mind that the dentist is just another person, and they want what is best for you and your teeth. If you feel nervous, tell them before you get in the chair, and if necessary, have them explain everything they’re going to do, and ask them to give you advice on how to be more comfortable. If you feel well-informed, you’ll feel more in control of the situation, and everything will feel less stressful.

Finally, you’ll feel a lot less nervous about heading to the dentist if you can be confident that your teeth are in good condition. Keep up a good dental health routine by brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes at a time, and flossing once a day, to reduce the risk of problems such as tooth decay, weakened enamel and gum disease. A healthy diet will also help keep your teeth healthy, as well as your body.

Knowing you have great dental health will mean there’s no need for the dentist to prolong your visit by fixing any problems, while using other methods to keep calm will help if you do happen to need any work done.

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Categories: Oral Health