Going to the dentist is a disturbing experience for most people as they dread the possibility of a painful experience on the chair. It’s important to visit the dentist at least once after every six months for a full check-up, that should help keep your teeth in optimal working condition.
Dental emergencies such as toothaches, root canals, gum surgery and gum disease can be avoided by regular visits. You may have gone once and had a painful filling or tooth removal which made you be afraid to go back or you may have heard from someone how awful going to the dentist is. Whatever the case here are some ideas that might help you relax whilst visiting the dentist.
Effective Ways to Relax Whilst Visiting the Dentist
Choose a Dentist who Makes You Feel Comfortable
The first and most important thing to do is to choose a dentist who makes you feel comfortable. Having a close relationship with your dentist should help you relax as they will be more attentive to their procedures and more empathetic towards you. Some people are more comfortable with the silent no-nonsense approach dentists while others prefer the outgoing more talkative types.
Choose whatever suits you as you will be spending quite some time with them, particularly if you are having extensive work done. The best dentists are those referred to you from family, friends or colleagues.
Control Your Breathing
Controlling your breathing is another effective way of relaxing whilst visiting the dentist. You will most likely have to breathe through your nose whilst the surgeon works on your teeth. This may make you anxious and increase your breathing rate causing you to tense up whilst on the chair.
To make your experience more pleasant, try to concentrate on taking slow, deep breaths through your nose. Controlling your breathing should release the tension in your muscles and keep you relaxed all through the procedure.
Try to Entertain Yourself
You could also try to entertain yourself whilst at the dentist. This should help distract you from any pain or discomfort that you may be experiencing. A good dentist will ask you if you would like to listen to the radio or to watch television while they work on your teeth. If there is nothing to distract you, you can carry your own personal music player and listen to some soothing tunes to help with the pain. Music also helps to block out the noise of the drill, which can be mistaken for pain as it is very irritating.
Don’t be frightened to ask your dentist about what type of anesthetic is in use and if you can get some more whenever the pain gets out of hand.
Other Ways to Keep You Relaxed
Other ways to keep you relaxed while visiting the dentist are by taking a sedative before your procedure, informing your dentist of any phobias or bad experiences that you may have had or even visiting a hypnotherapist to prepare you for your appointment.Most people seem to get rid of their fears after a couple of visits so make regular appointments and watch your fear of injections or bodily intrusions fade away.
Visiting the dentist may not be fun but the look of a healthy smile makes the experience well worth the effort.
Tips by a dentist from Raynesway Dental.
Photo: D. Sharon Pruitt