It’s common to feel overwhelmed by going to the dentist. Here at Falmouth Dental Arts, we strive to make your appointments with us as easy and comfortable as possible. Here are some techniques we’ve found to be helpful for many patients:
If you experience fear or anxiety before or during your dental appointment, tell us! We care about the well-being of our patients and want to help our patients feel comfortable. Patients tell us that talking through their fears and learning the step-by-step of a procedure can help alleviate anxiety. We are always happy to take the time to answer questions and to listen to you.
Talking to your family and friends can help, too. People may have tips and suggestions for what helps keep them calm and relaxed for dental procedures.
Directing your mind toward something more pleasant often helps reduce anxiety. Many patients find it helpful to bring headphones to a dental appointment so they can listen to music, a book-on-tape, or even a guided meditation. Find something that puts you at ease and bring it to your next appointment! If you forget your headphones or music, we’ve got you covered!
Focus on Breathing
The technique of breathing deeply and slowly can be quite effective and is central in meditation and yoga. By focusing on your breath, you are giving your body more oxygen and helping your nervous system calm down. Practice deep breathing at home and as you come to your appointment. Our clinical team can help remind you to keep taking deep breaths during your appointment as well. We are here to help!
For some people, overcoming their anxiety remains a hurdle to receiving dental care. If the above relaxation techniques don’t calm your fear, we also offer oral conscious sedation. Dr. Brunacini will discuss the oral conscious sedation process further in our next article.
As always, we are here to help you get the best dental care possible. If you have any questions or concerns about an upcoming appointment, please give us a call at 207.781.5900.
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