Tips for Calming Anxiety at the Dentist

woman in dental chair giving thumbs upMany patients experience anxiety when visiting the dentist, and that’s perfectly normal! We want you to feel comfortable at our dental center, so here are a few things you can do to reduce anxiety during your appointment:

Communication is Key – If you are anxious during your procedure, it is important to tell your dentist and other staff. Your dentist can then work with you to make the procedure more comfortable. If you experience extreme anxiety, agree on a set of hand signals before the procedure. You can then use these hand signals to let your dentist know they need to ease up or stop. This will give you some power over the procedure, which may help you feel calmer.

Bring Music – If the sound of the drill makes you nervous, bring headphones. Listening to music during your procedure can help you zone out and give you something more relaxing to focus on.

Choose a Good Appointment Time – Don’t schedule an appointment when you have to be somewhere immediately afterward. Feeling rushed can increase your anxiety during the appointment. Try to pick a time where you don’t have anywhere else to be or make it the last thing on your schedule.

Avoid Caffeine – Drinking caffeine or eating sugary foods before your appointment can increase your jitters significantly, so avoid it before coming in for your appointment. The best thing to do is stick with higher protein foods which can produce a calming effect.

Sedation Dentistry – For those who are extremely anxious during dental procedures, we offer sedation dentistry in Carrollton, GA. All you have to do is go to sleep, and your procedure will be over before you even wake up! Make an appointment with our skilled staff today!