Going to the dentist can be very stressful for some people, but healthy teeth are important for proper nutrition and overall good health. Read on for four tips to help you walk into your next dentist’s appointment cool, calm and collected.
- Think Positive
Your mindset can make or break your experience. The good news is that you are fully in charge of your mindset. You can decide to create a pleasant visit by choosing positive thoughts, rather than focusing on your fear and anxiety. Picture how you will feel walking out of the office with a clean cared for mouth and the knowledge that you are proactively taking care of your health. Focus on this visualization when you feel yourself becoming anxious throughout your appointment.
- Breathe Deeply
Before you get out of the car at your London dentist’s office, take a few moments to breathe. Inhale through your nose and fill your belly completely with air. Then, exhale the breath completely. Repeat this process at least three times for a calming effect. When we are anxious, we breathe shallowly. Deep breathing increases oxygen supply which can in-turn reduce stress and anxiety. Whenever you feel the grip of anxiety during your dental visit, take another one of these deep, cleansing breaths.
- Try Essential Oils
Essential oils affect brain functions that regulate our emotions. Try opening a bottle of lavender and inhaling deeply before your dentist begins their work. Lavender is thought to decrease nervousness and unease.
- Go Regularly
If you’re long overdue for a teeth cleaning, you’re likely concerned about what’s lurking in the dark corners of your mouth. What will the dentist find? Will it be painful and expensive to repair? These are legitimate concerns, but they are avoidable. Commit to routine visits to maintain healthy teeth and gums and avoid surprises.
The dentists at 525 Dental want to make your dental experience as enjoyable as possible. We are happy to accommodate your requests to help manage your dental stress. To book an appointment call us at 519-672-1190.