Some people have serious dental anxiety that is best treated by a behavioral therapist, but for the majority of people, sitting in the dental chair causes a level of nervousness and worry that's burdensome -- though not quite serious enough for medical intervention. If you're a patient with mild to moderate dental worries, use these tips to keep yourself calm and composed during your next appointment.
Make your appointment for the morning.
If you schedule your dentist appointment for later in the day, you'll have all day to worry and become anxious about the appointment. By the time your appointment arrives, you'll have really worked yourself up! On the contrary, if you schedule your appointment first thing in the morning, you won't have as much time to focus on it and you'll probably be calmer when you sit down in the dentist's chair.
Bring your own music.
Your dentist may play music over speakers in the office, but the chance of a song that you find particularly calming coming on is quite slim. Most dentist won't mind if you have earbuds in your ears throughout your appointment -- especially if it makes you calmer and easier to work on. So, download some songs that soothe your soul and relax your mind, and listen to them as your dentist works.
Don't be afraid to ask questions.
A lot of your nervousness may come from not knowing what is going to happen next or why your dentist is doing something. So, don't be afraid to ask questions as they come into your mind. Your dentist or their assistant will be happy to answer them, putting your worries at ease. And the next time you visit the dentist, you'll have a better idea of what's going on so you won't be as nervous.
It's a lot harder to relax if your high heels are pinching your feet or your belt is poking you every time your dentist lays the chair back. Wear comfortable clothing, like sweat pants and a t-shirt, to your dental appointment. Your dentist won't be offended by your attire. If you're coming straight from work, just change before leaving your office -- and then change back into work attire before leaving the dental office. They usually have a restroom for patients; you can change in there.
Finally, don't be afraid to tell your dentist you're nervous. They're used to working with nervous, worrisome patients and can perform their duties more slowly and methodically to keep you calm. Talk to a professional like Dr. Jon Douglas Lesan, DDS, RpH, PA for more help.Share