Many people suffer from what’s called “white coat syndrome”, where they either fear that visiting a doctor or dentist will involve some sort of pain or the doctor or dentist may find an issue that the patient will have to deal with. You don’t have to be afraid of your dentist. Your dentist wants to make sure that you’re well taken care of oral health-wise as well as emotionally. Here are a few tips that can help ease your dentist anxiety.

Tip 1: Try These Mindfulness Techniques

These deep breathing exercises can help ease your mind and relax your muscles:

  • Count your breaths. Breathe in and breathe out slowly as you count the seconds. Try and make each action the same amount of seconds. Do this a few times while you’re sitting and the waiting room or during downtime while you’re in the dentist chair.
  • Scan your body. This may sound funny but it can work. Concentrate on relaxing one muscle at a time. Start at the top with your head and work all the way down to your toes.

Tip 2: Don’t Be Afraid To Speak Up

Sharing your feelings with your dentist can ease your tension immensely. If you’re feeling especially anxious, speak up! Your dentist can help to alleviate your anxiety but only if your dentist knows you’re anxious.

Tip 3: Bring A Distraction With You

It might seem hard to take your mind off of your dentist visit. A way to keep your mind off of it is by bringing headphones and listening to a song or sounds to help you relax.

We’ll Help You Feel Comfortable

Our team will do everything they can to make sure you’re comfortable and get the best treatment possible. Contact us at our local Austin, TX office at 512-250-9444.

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