Have you been avoiding a trip to the dentist’s office? Feeling anxious about going to the dentist is common, but don’t let that prevent you from getting the care you need. Follow these easy tips to make visits to the dentist stress-free.
4 Tips for Easy Dentist Visits
1. Talk to Your Dentist
The best way to alleviate the fear of the unknown that often accompanies doctor or dentist visits is to communicate with dental staff about what will happen. Admitting fears and asking for clarification will help you to feel prepared for what is to come. You can discuss sedation or pain management options if you think they will help.
2. Create an Anti-Anxiety Routine
Conscious breathing is one of the simplest ways to calm yourself, alter brain chemistry, and minimize the production of stress hormones. Learn yogic breathing and specific forms of meditation, or just do a simple 4-count in and out breath cycle. You can practice both before and during your appointment. Ask your dentist if you can bring music or a guided meditation to listen to while they work.
3. Consider Sedation
If anxiety still plagues you, talk with your dentist about sedation options. Mild sedation such as nitrous oxide may help you relax without any side effects or recovery time. Solea Laser Dentistry (Available at Dental Associates of Prairie du Chien, P.C.) provides the
4. Practice Good Oral Care
Regular brushing and flossing, as well as keeping up with basic care will minimize the need for more complicated and anxiety-producing procedures. Consider an electric toothbrush or oral irrigator to increase the effectiveness of daily routines. Eat a healthy diet and avoid excess sugar and starchy foods that can lead to decay. A healthy mouth needs minimal dental care, which equals less anxiety.
Dentist visits don’t have to be stressful if you practice the tips above. Waukon Dental, Family Dentistry Associates of Monona and Dental Associates Of Prairie du Chien, P.C. offer family and cosmetic dentistry, root canals, dentures, teeth whitening, Cerec crowns and veneers, and more. To learn more about their services and locations, visit Dental Associates of Prairie du Chien, P.C., Family Dentistry Associates of Monona and Waukon Dental online today.