Dental Visit If You Have Anxiety

A dental visit can be scary. Rather than let your fear keep you away, use these steps before and during your checkup.

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Before Your Visit

You may become anxious days or weeks before your dentist visit. Instead of dwelling on it, become proactive. Instead of spending every waking moment dreading it, try preparing yourself for it.

One reason that your anxiety is so bad is that you feel like you can’t control the situation. That’s why you should do as much as you can to prepare. You will be taking control of everything you can. Here’s how to start:

  1. Make a playlist of your favorite songs.
  2. Make sure you have alternatives to music such as podcasts and audiobooks.
  3. Charge your phone or smart device as well as your Bluetooth headphones.
  4. If you aren’t familiar with how to use your device and headphones, then practice with them at home. Now’s your chance to get a family member or friend to help you understand your devices.
  5. Read up on mindfulness techniques and practice a few.
  6. Pick out a small item that you can hold in your hand for comfort.
  7. Find out if a buddy could get a checkup at the same time. Or, ask a buddy to drive you and stay in the waiting room if you need them. Either way, a familiar face can help you through your most anxious moments.
  8. By the way, never let anyone tell you about their own fears of the dentist. They are likely to make their visits sound awful, and you do not need that kind of stress.

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