Who likes to go to the dentist?
I haven’t met anyone who looks forward to it. In fact, going to the dentist can fill some people with dread. It is normal to be a little anxious about going to the dentist. There are some things you can do, however, to make the experience easier.
Spend time choosing a dentist you trust
It makes sense to take some time choosing the right dentist because he or she can make a big difference to your dental experience. Don’t be afraid to shop around. Also, second opinions on treatment are useful not only when it comes to dentists, but doctors too.
Choose a dentist who you trust and feel comfortable with. Speaking to other patients is a great way to help you to decide if a dentist will be right for you.
If you need to get several procedures at the dentist, it can be helpful to schedule several shorter dentist appointments rather than one long appointment if possible. That way, the appointments are less overwhelming.
Also, an early consultation appointment can really help to ease the anxiety you might have about seeing the dentist. Because the consultation does not involve treatment, it is an opportunity to get used to the dentist’s office. It is also a chance to discuss procedures with your dentist, helping you to feel more at ease.
Other helpful tips
In the run-up to going to the dentist’s appointment, here are some helpful tips to help you feel more relaxed.
Always practice good oral hygiene. Then it will simply be a habit to give your teeth a good clean before going to the dentist. We all hope for a good report at the dentist; the simple act of flossing brushing and rinsing will help you to feel prepared and positive about seeing the dentist. It will also take your mind off feelings of anxiety.
If you are a woman, don’t wear too much makeup and forgo the lipstick because it can wind up all over the dentist’s gloves! A natural, soothing chapstick is best.
A creative activity, such as playing the piano or knitting can help to relax you before you go to the dentist. Meditation and breathing exercises are also helpful stress relievers before a dentist appointment. Listening to some relaxing music is another idea.
When you are at the dentist, meditation can be useful to help you to relax. Meditation is helpful in many other types of situations too. You can find meditation books at your local book store. Alternatively, sign up for a meditation class with an experienced teacher.
Following a stressful dentist appointment, reward yourself! If possible, take some time to relax, reading a good book or doing an activity you enjoy. A little bit of pampering following a dentist appointment has positive effects. Who knows, you might actually find yourself secretly looking forward to the next appointment because you’ll get to treat yourself afterward!