3 Ways To Handle Butterflies And Dental Anxiety

May 1st, 2017 | By | Category: Preventive Dentistry, Sedation Dentistry

There’s quite a spectrum out there when it comes to the level of nerves you may experience as it relates to showing up for your dental care. Yes, some patients feel extraordinarily anxious for a dental cleaning, while others experience some mild butterflies-in-the-stomach feelings associated with something like a root canal treatment. It’s important to remember that your experience is completely your own and it’s okay if you don’t feel totally calm. However, what’s more important is realizing there are ways to deal with your feelings that are absolutely natural and can ease any stress you’re feeling. Learn more!

#1: Visualize Something Better

Instead of focusing on your uncomfortable tooth, imagining what it looks like (likely the size of a city block in your brain), and how you feel, think of something much better. For instance, think back on a very happy memory, imagine a vacation you took one time, think about lying in a hammock next to the ocean. Whatever it is, it will help transport you and calm you down, so your dental care is much easier to receive.

#2: Tell Us What Specifically Worries You

We can generally provide you with information that’s extremely stress-relieving. Maybe you’re worried something is going to hurt (when dental care never needs to hurt). Maybe you are worried about the aftermath and recovery period of a particular treatment (to which we can offer reassurance). Speak up! It will usually help.

#3: Breathe Deeply

Did you know that breathing deeply can actually have a seriously positive effect on your nervous system? Whether you’re a bit nervous at home or when you come in, take a deep breath, hold it for a second, then slowly release. Repeat. It will assist in helping you feel calm (and letting your muscles relax).

Keep Anxiety At Bay With Tips

Keep dental anxiety from getting in the way of your dental care by choosing sedation and helpful suggestions. Schedule an appointment today with Hilltop Family Dental by calling (510) 758-7222. We are proud to serve patients from Richmond, Berkeley, San Pablo, Pinole, Benicia, Vallejo, and more.


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