Sitting in the dental chair doesn’t have to remind you of a scene out of a horror movie— nobody is going to use a chainsaw or household drill to help fill a filling. However, 30 to 40 million people avoid seeing the dentist altogether because the anxiety is just too much to deal with. If you’re one of these adults, or if you feel at least some level of associated anxiety, try these tips to help you stay calm, relaxed, and leave you without the opportunity to jump out of your dental chair.
- Deep Breathing
Yes, it may sound like some old fashioned way to calm your nerves, but deep breathing really is a lifesaver for situations like this. Simply inhale slowly through your nose, hold it for a few seconds, and then slowly exhale through your mouth. This will help to not only regulate your heart rate, but it will also help you to focus on something other than the anxieties of sitting in a chair.
If your dental anxiety is out of the roof and you just can’t seem to talk yourself into getting your teeth cleaned, it might be time to ask your dentist for some sort of chemical relaxant like Valium. When taken about 30 minutes to an hour before it’s time to sit in the dental chair, you will feel calm, relaxed, and without a care in the world. However, if your dentist does give you valium, you will likely have to have a friend or family pick you up from your appointment because you’re not supposed to drive under the influence of valium.
- Sedation Dentistry
Made for those who suffer from extreme anxiety, sedation dentistry is the perfect way to feel relaxed and comfortable during your cleaning. Depending on both the procedure that is being done and the severity of your anxiety, there are multiple options available from being relaxed by a chemical agent to being completely under anesthesia.
To learn more about how you can stay relaxed during your next cleaning, or to schedule an appointment with our office, contact us today!