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Dentist Office Anxiety? 4 Tips for Staying Calm during a Dental Procedure

Few things in life are more important than taking care of your teeth. Poor oral health has been linked to increased rates of heart disease, cancer and several other serious health problems. One of the easiest ways to ensure your mouth stays clean is by making regular trips to the dentist. The only problem with this is that millions of people in the world are terrified of the dentist. These are the four best ways to stay calm during your next dental procedure.

Express Your Fears

The only way to address your fears of the dentist is by telling them about your fears. Dentists deal with anxious patients almost every day, so they will be able to come up with some solutions to help you with your problem. It is impossible for the dental professional to help if they do not know about your anxiety.

Bring Some Music

One of the most common dental fears is the drill. There is just something scary about hearing a loud drilling noise coming from an instrument that is getting placed in your mouth. You can easily suppress this fear by bringing some music and a pair of earbuds to your next appointment. With the music drowning out the sound of the drill, your anxiety levels will quickly drop.

Make Regular Trips

If you make regular trips to the dental office, then you will start to build a relationship with the workers. It is far easier to relax in the dental chair when you know and trust everyone that will work on your teeth. You should start to notice your anxiety levels going down with every visit. These regular appointments will also help prevent you from having to undergo any serious procedures in the future.

Ask for Additional Medication

If nothing seems to calm your nerves, then you can always ask the dentist for some additional medication. Since this is such a common issue, it is now possible to get completely sedated in the dental office before undergoing your procedure. The dentist can also write a prescription for an anti-anxiety medication if you would prefer to avoid being sedated.

Do not let your anxiety get in the way of your oral health. A clean mouth is far too important to let this happen. If you make sure to follow these four tips, then calming your nerves before your next dental procedure should no longer be a problem.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.

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