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Things You Can Do Before a Dental Appointment to Decrease Anxiety


Posted on 5/20/2017 by Crestview Front Desk
A woman covering her mouth; because she’s afraid of the dentist.
Before heading to the dentist, there are a few things that you can do to help yourself stay more relaxed. This is important if you are one to normally get a little worked up in the dentist's chair.

You don't have to live your life in fear of what will happen when you sit down with the dentist. Taking a few steps before heading to their office can make the visit more pleasant. Here are a few things that can make your visits a little easier.

Staying Relaxed Before Seeing the Dentist


There are a few things that you can do to help keep your trip as calm as possible. Start off by avoiding any caffeine prior to your visit to the dentist. This can make you agitated and make you more anxious. Next, eat a protein-packed meal before going to the dentist. By eating carbs or sugary treats, you are more likely to feel nervous or anxious, but proteins leave you feeling calmer.

Meditation can also help you when you are worried about the visit. Take some time to focus on helpful, slow breathing, and let your body fill up with oxygen instead of taking shallow breaths, which only adds to your anxiety. Once you are at the dentist's office, make sure you tell them what you are struggling with. They can offer you sedation options if you need it, or they can even explain what the procedure will be like. For some, simply knowing what to expect can be calming.

Dental anxiety is common, but it doesn't need to ruin your experiences with the dentist. Take the time to get to know what it is you are worried about, and take some time to get past those fears. It can make your visits to the dentist a lot smoother.

Things You Can Do Before a Dental Appointment to Decrease Anxiety


Before heading to the dentist, there are a few things that you can do to help yourself stay more relaxed. This is important if you are one to normally get a little worked up in the dentist's chair. You don't have to live your life in fear of what will happen when you sit down with the dentist. Taking a few steps before heading to their office can make the visit more pleasant. Here are a few things that can make your visits a little easier.

Staying Relaxed Before Seeing the Dentist


There are a few things that you can do to help keep your trip as calm as possible. Start off by avoiding any caffeine prior to your visit to the dentist. This can make you agitated and make you more anxious. Next, eat a protein-packed meal before going to the dentist. By eating carbs or sugary treats, you are more likely to feel nervous or anxious, but proteins leave you feeling calmer.

Meditation can also help you when you are worried about the visit. Take some time to focus on helpful, slow breathing, and let your body fill up with oxygen instead of taking shallow breaths, which only adds to your anxiety. Once you are at the dentist's office, make sure you tell them what you are struggling with. They can offer you sedation options if you need it, or they can even explain what the procedure will be like. For some, simply knowing what to expect can be calming.

Dental anxiety is common, but it doesn't need to ruin your experiences with the dentist. Take the time to get to know what it is you are worried about, and take some time to get past those fears. It can make your visits to the dentist a lot smoother.

Please contact our office if you have any questions about your dental anxiety.
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