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6. Choose a low-stress appointment time.

6. Choose a low-stress appointment time.

Select a time for your dental visit when you’re less likely to be rushed or under pressure.

This might mean a Saturday or an early-morning appointment.

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MORE IDEAS FROM 7 ways to manage your anxiety about going to the dentist

Dental Phobia

Dental phobia is real. Why the fear of the dentist?

People are anxious about dental visits for different reasons.

Some anticipate pain. Others worry that the dentist might be rushed or neglect their concerns. Additional stressors include negative memories of past experiences and even the sterile smell of the dental office. Sometimes, simply interrupting the normal day's routine for a dentist visit creates anxiety.

If unaddressed, dental anxiety can lead to future oral health problems

If you’re nervous about an upcoming dental visit, try these ways to curb your anxiety:

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4. Watch what you eat and drink.

Avoid caffeine before a dental appointment.

Eat high-protein foods which – unlike sugary foods – produce a calming effect.

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2. Focus on breathing regularly and slowly during procedure

When people are nervous they tend to hold their breath, which decreases oxygen levels and further increases levels of panic.

You can learn some meditation techniques, focus on slow, regular breathing which helps reduce stress levels.

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7. Check for good reviews

If you’re looking for a dentist , ask friends and relatives for recommendations.

A good back ground review about a dentist from someone you trust can help reduce your anxiety.

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5. Learn to use hand signals

You can learn some basic hand signals from the dentist itself to communicate during the procedure. When you feel uncomfortable, signal the dentist to ease off or stop the procedure. This also avoids any mishap from happening while your dentist is treating your teeth with a running instrument.

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Tips for staying calm when you visit the dentist
  1. Share your fears: Trust and communication can benefit both you and your dentist. If you're tense or anxious, tell your dentist and the dental staff. Expressing your concerns will help your dentist adapt the treatment to your needs.

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3. Listen to some music

If the sound of the drill bothers you, bring along your favorite music playlist and earphones.

It is totally okay to listen to music through your headphone during a dental treatment.

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Stop And Breathe

Anxiety is typically experienced as worrying about a future or past event. But anxiety loses its grip when you clear your mind of worry and bring your awareness back to the present.

When anxiety takes you out of the present, regain control by sitting down and taking a few deep breaths. You can also try using a breathing exercise and mantra. 

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It's impossible to think clearly when you're flooded with fear or anxiety. The first thing to do is take time out so you can physically calm down.

Distract yourself from the worry for 15 minutes by walking around the block, making a cup of tea or having a bath.

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