Dental anxiety is a common occurrence for many people. If you fear going to the dentist, it's likely you might also feel guilty for missing out on important dental care. Fortunately, our team can help! Here are some tips and tricks that will help you relax during your appointment so you can get the care you need.
Talk With Your Dentist
Having an open dialogue with your dentist can help you. Dentists understand that people have phobias about being at the dentist because they’ve helped other people like you.
Chill Out with Music
Bring your music and headphones for your appointment. Music is especially useful if one of your specific anxiety triggers is the sound of the dental office. You may need to listen for directions from the dentist or team, so keep the volume at a reasonable level.
Meditate into Tranquility
There are some great meditation apps where you can learn how to put yourself into a more relaxed state. The great thing about this is that it can help you with more than just your dental anxiety.
Imagine Your Happy Place
This visualization technique can seem overly simple, but sometimes simplicity is just what you need. Just close your eyes, and imagine the one place in the world that makes you feel the most at ease. Imagine the park, the beach at sunset, or another scene in your mind and pretend you are there.
When being open with your dentist, listening to music, visualization, or mediation doesn’t help your dental anxiety, it’s time to consider sedation dentistry. Often with sedation dentistry, you’ll be relaxed enough that the dentist can provide you with the necessary treatments, and they can accomplish more in one appointment to prevent having to prolong how long the full treatment plan will take. It can be easier to know you have one significant appointment rather than several smaller appointments.
Schedule An Appointment
Dental anxiety can be difficult to manage, but partnering with the right dental team can help. To schedule your appointment and learn more, we invite you to contact our office by calling (415) 523-9178 or book online.