you're alone. Past unpleasant experiences from the
dentist can add to the fears & apprehension anyone
can have. Maybe you're afraid of needles, or any
dental minor or major procedures or fear of just
simply thinking what the dentist might find during
your exam. And if you delay or you don't go to your
dentist, more serious problems may occur. Don't be
a stranger, visit your dentist regularly to avoid any
emergency and its much easier in many ways.
Regular trips to the dentist equates to a healthier SMILE.
Here are 3 techniques to help ease your anxiety
1. Speak up
Your dentist and staff are better to treat you if
they're aware of your fears.
--Tell your dentist about your fears.
--Remind them that your anxious, tell them any
significant experiences and ask for help in coping
--Ask them what is going to be done so you can get
--Agree on a signal. Let your dentist know by raising
your hand if you need to take a break during an exam.
--Be honest and tell your dentist that you need more
numbing if you still feel any pain during a
procedure involving anesthetic.
2. Distract yourself
Taking your mind off the exam may
seem impossible when you’re nervous, but there
are some things that that can help distract your thoughts.
--listen to music or audiobooks
--squeeze a stress ball or play with a small object.
--Close your eyes and think that you are at a relaxing
beach or garden.
3. Use mindfulness techniques
Relaxation starts in the mind.
--Count your breaths. Inhale slowly and then
exhale for the same number of counts. Do this
five times while you’re waiting
or during breaks in the dental chair.
--Do a body scan. relaxing your muscles, one body
part at a time. Start from the head and down to your toes.