It is important to visit your dentist every 6 months for a routine check-up. However, some may avoid these check-ups—and seeing the dentist all together—because they have a very real fear of going to the dentist. Here are some ways to reduce dental anxieties.
- Plan your appointment a few days in advance. Rushing to the dentist’s office will do nothing to calm your fears. A few days gives you the time to mentally prepare yourself.
- In the hours immediately before your appointment, relax by meditating, reading a book, or doing breathing exercises.
- Bring a friend or family member to your appointment for support.
- Speak with your dentist about your fears. They may be able to take steps to help reduce your anxiety.
- Ask your dentist about using nitrous oxide (a.k.a. laughing gas) to help you relax during a procedure.
- Ask your dentists if you can have moments throughout the procedure to take a break from it.
- Listen to music or use visualization techniques while a procedure is being performed to help you overcome dental anxiety.
- Continue to visit the dentist for 6 month check-ups. The more you do it, the easier it will become.