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Visiting the dentist can be a nerve-wracking experience for individuals of all ages, especially when they suffer from dental fear or anxiety. Dental anxiety is often caused by fear of pain, fear of needles or dental tools, an unpleasant dental experience in the past, or embarrassment over the condition of one’s teeth and gums. Even if the thought of a routine dental visit increases your anxiety, there are several ways in which you can help yourself relax in preparation for your appointment.
Get a Good Night’s Sleep
Failing to get an adequate amount of sleep the night before your dental visit can increase your anxiety and make you feel more irritable, ultimately decreasing your ability to calm your nerves while sitting in the dentist’s chair. Help manage your dental anxiety from the start by making sure you get a full night of sleep the night prior to your appointment.
Practice Breathing and Relaxation Techniques
Practicing certain breathing techniques can help you relax and refocus your mind during a visit to the dentist. These may include taking deep breaths and breathing from your diaphragm in order to increase your air intake. You may also consider other relaxation techniques aside from breathing such as mediation or listening to music. Consider bringing head phones and your favorite music.
Meet with Your Dentist Beforehand
One of the best ways to ease your fears prior to a dental visit is to set up a meeting with your dentist beforehand. This will give you the opportunity to ask questions, discuss any procedural steps, and ensure that you feel comfortable with your dentist and his or her staff members. Meeting with your dentist beforehand will also enable you to ask about offered sedation methods, such as IV or intravenous sedation.
Here at Oak Creek Dental Care, we provide sedation for our dental patients. Our dentists want to make you feel as comfortable as possible while providing you with the exceptional dental care you need. Call our Columbus, Ohio office at (614) 882-5525 to learn more about dental work with IV sedation.
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