Posted on: 27 July 2019Share
If you are someone that has a lot of fear or anxiety about going to the dentist, it might be tempting to completely skip your dental checkups and cleanings. However, that is not a good thing to do. Instead of avoiding the dental office, you will want to set up your next appointment and read through the following ways you might be able to relax while you are at the dentist's office.
Remember To Inhale And Exhale
Too many people make the mistake of holding their breath more than they should instead of breathing like normal. This is usually done out of fear. Some people will continue breathing, except their breaths will be very shallow, never inhaling deep. This can make your anxiety worse. It can also lower your oxygen levels, which could cause you to end up passing out if you get too worked up. Therefore, you will want to make a conscious effort to inhale deeply and exhale slowly until you feel yourself calming down.
Think About Your Plans For After The Appointment
Instead of thinking about the dental cleaning or repair work that will be done soon, think about any plans that you have for once the appointment is over. Make sure that you are planning something nice, like shopping for a new outfit, meeting a friend for drinks, or even just going home to catch up on your favorite television show. Whatever it is, think about that and how nice it will be to get to enjoy that once you leave the dental office.
Talk About Your Anxiety And Fears
Do not be afraid to talk with the dentist about your anxiety and fears. They have seen and heard it all before so they are not going to be shocked or offended. They are used to people fearing the dentist. If you are open and talk about it, you might just find that that will help calm your nerves a little during your examination and cleaning.
As long as you are making an effort to try to stay relaxed, you should find that the overall experience will be a lot easier for you. Then, you might even find that the time after that will be even easier. Each time you go and you make a conscious effort to stay calm and relaxed, you should find that the experience will not be as bad as you used to remember it being.