Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Coping with Anxiety When Visiting the Dentist

80 percent of adults in America fear their dentists. Half of them allow their fear to prevent them from seeing theirs even if they understand that dental care is necessary in maintaining the health of their teeth and gums. If you are one of those people who get anxious when showing up for dental appointments, you may try one of the following tricks:
Play some music
One of the biggest sources of anxiety for patients in the dental office is the noise that the dental equipment makes when they are used. When awaiting your turn, avoid overhearing such noises from your seat by carrying a music player with you. Listen to the type of music that relaxes you or makes you happy to take your attention away from the thought of the dental procedure.
Avoid the lights
The overhead light attached to the dental chair is necessary for the dentist to be able to see clearly what is in your mouth, and because of this, you cannot ask your dentist to turn it off even if it is a source of discomfort for you. However, you are not barred from wearing sunglasses to block the light from your eyes. At the same time, these glasses can help you keep your eyes closed when you need to deflect debris and water when undergoing certain procedures.


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