Very few people actually enjoy the time spent in the dentist's chair, but it is one of those necessary evils in life. How can you make going to the dentist less intimidating? Below, you'll find a few tips to help you get through your troublesome time at the dentist's office.
Change it Up
If you've not been comfortable going to the dentist because you don't feel comfortable from the moment you walk in the door of the office, you might need to consider changing the dental practice that you use. It is the job of the staff to make you feel as comfortable as possible and to alleviate the anxiety that you feel – if the staff is unable to do that, it's time to think about searching for a new dentist.
Schedule Early Appointments
Don't schedule your dental appointments for late in the day – try to be the first, or one of the first patients in for the day. Knowing that you have a dentist appointment late in the day gives you the entire day to worry about it. If you schedule it early in the morning, you'll not have all day to talk yourself out of going – it will be an on-the-move morning which doesn't give you enough time to cancel the appointment.
Block Your Senses
Your sense of hearing, sight and smell can all be blocked so they don't trigger any bad feelings while you're at the dentist's office.
Invest in a good pair of noise-cancelling headphones. Load your phone up with the most relaxing music that you enjoy and when you go to the dentist's office, you can block out the sounds of the machines and equipment that can trigger bad feelings.
Get yourself a sleeping mask to cover your eyes during the dental treatment. It can be a bit scary being laid back with bright lights in your face and sharp tools coming at your mouth. You can block all of these triggers out just by wearing a sleeping mask in the dentist's chair.
There's no getting away from the smells of a dentist's office, but you can block them from reaching your nose. Smear a bit of your favorite essential oil just under your nose. If you don't like essential oils, you can use Vick's Vapor Rub to accomplish the same odor blocking shield just below your nose.
You should feel comfortable anytime you go to the dentist, but not everyone can find peace. Hopefully, the tips will give you the tools you need to find a sense of calm during your next dental visit.