Tips for Managing Dental Anxiety

Does the thought of getting your teeth cleaned put your stomach in knots?

You’re not alone. Dental anxiety is a very real and common problem among dentists’ offices in Midlothian and Ellis County.

Anxiety comes in different shades of intensity. Some dental phobias can be so severe that simply worrying about an anxiety attack in the dental office can trigger one.

Persistent high levels of anxiety are bad for your body, putting you at risk for:

  • Headaches
  • Insomnia
  • Appetite loss
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes

How do you eliminate or at least reduce anxiety long enough to get necessary dental treatment done?

Watch Your Breathing

Pay close attention to taking slow and deliberate breaths. This will give your mind something to focus on and influence your body to relax.

Distract Yourself

Bring along a pair of headphones and your favorite calming music or an audiobook to take your mind off the task at hand.

Stay Warm

Dental offices tend to be kept cool. Being chilly can add to your feelings of discomfort and nervousness. Bring along a blanket or warm sweater to help you stay comfy in the dental chair. Just don’t wear clothing that’s too tight or restrictive.

Schedule on Your Time

Plan dental visits at an unhurried and low-stress time of the day for you. Early morning is best.

Communicate Openly

Anxiety often stems from a fear of the unknown. There’s no need to suffer in silence, however. If you communicate your concerns and ask questions without holding back, you’ll get some peace of mind on what to expect.

For more tips on how to get the most of your dental care, contact us and plan a relaxed visit with our friendly Midlothian team here at River Ranch Dental.

Posted on behalf of River Ranch Dental

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