Calming Dental Visit: 4 Tips To Prepare For Your Oral Procedure

Some people are afraid of visiting the dentist, usually because they are afraid of feeling pain. Be sure to tell the staff in your general dentistry about your phobia, as they may be able to help, but, for now, the following are 4 things that you can do on your own to manage your pain-related issues. 

1. Chocolate Happiness

The first thing you can do is eat a piece of chocolate. Chocolate contains anandamide, which is an active ingredient that helps turn on the pleasure neurotransmitters in your brain. Your brain creates a little anandamide on its own; but consuming chocolate will create a longer-lasting effect because it makes it harder for your brain to break down anandamide quickly. 

2. Purple Heaven

The second thing you can do is smell a little lavender before visiting your dentist. The lavender scent contains constituents like linalool, which have a direct effect on your brain. Linalool will inhibit glutamate, which is a neurotransmitter that excites you. Controlling this neurotransmitter should help you feel more relaxed. 

3. Calming Music

The music that you love may be one of your strongest weapons against pain. Studies have shown that certain music can help you manage any pain that you might feel during your dental visit. The researchers noted that musical consonance--songs with harmony and chords--usually helps people feel happier.

Music can also help release more dopamine in your brain. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that will make you feel good, which should help reduce any pain sensations. 

Make sure you pay attention to the music, as that will help take your mind off of any pain, too.

Ask your dentist if he or she will allow you to wear earphones, or at least play some of the music you want to hear, during your visit to help manage any discomfort or pain that you might feel. 

4. Working Out

Another relaxation tool that you can use is exercising before you go to the dentist. You might know that your body releases endorphins when you exercise. These endorphins are neurotransmitters that make you feel good after a workout. You can use these endorphins just as you would use dopamine. The endorphins in your brain will help your body block pain signals before they reach your brain. So consider a little exercise if you don't mind being a little sweaty before your visit

These are just 4 ways that can help you battle pain and calm you down. These suggestions should help your dental appointment go smoothly.