Easy Ways to Calm Dental Anxiety
· Deep Breathing: It may seem cliché, but focused breathing is a great way to help calm dental anxiety. Before your appointment and while waiting to go into the office, practice taking deep cleansing breaths in through your nose and out through your mouth. This repetition creates a physical reaction that slows the heart rate and encourages feelings of peace and tranquility.
· Request Sedation: In some cases, anxiety can be so intense or worrisome that patients would rather be sedated. Dental sedation is entirely safe and helps you to feel at ease with any dental procedures you may be receiving. The most common sedation technique for checkups and minor procedures is inhalation conscious sedation in which nitrous oxide or ‘laughing gas’ is used to gently reduce anxiety and tension.
· Self-Talk: Self-talk is one of the best and most efficient ways to calm any kind of anxiety. This activity simply involves you thinking calming thoughts or even saying them out loud to yourself. Through this exercise, people have been able to self-soothe, thus calming their anxiety and allowing them to go through their dental checkup with confidence.
· Let Your Dentist Know: If you’re anxious about being sedated and would like other options, letting your dentist know about your worries is a great way to calm anxiety. They can talk you through what they’re doing so there are no surprises or offer some alternatives to sedation that will effectively ease anxiety.