Visiting the dentist for most of us is a fairly mundane part of our routine that we don’t pay more than a passing thought to. However, for some people, visiting the dentist can be a pretty nerve-wracking experience, especially if it’s for the first time.
So, on that subject, here’s a few tips on how you can keep calm at a dentist practice, like Spa Dental Sydney CBD in Sydney CBD, as an example.
Listen to some tracks
Having some of your favourite tunes blaring in your ears is a great way to distract yourself from what’s going on around you. Not only does the music block out the sounds of any drills or machines, but the catchy lyrics are a good way to focus when things are getting a little overwhelming.
Although, if you do plan on chilling to some tracks at your dentists, the general recommendation is to pick something soothing like classical, R&B or jazz. Anything with a quick tempo, like electronic or heavy metal, will just get your heart racing, which is not ideal when you’re trying to stay calm.
Try calming breathing techniques
When your anxiety is in full swing your body becomes flooded with adrenaline, as your brain kicks into your natural ‘flight or fight response’. This manifests itself in shaking, sweating, ragged breathing and a fast heart rate that can also be quite painful in some cases.
To counteract this, you should practice meditative breathing techniques to calm yourself down. It doesn’t need to be anything fancy, as slowly inhaling through your nose and then exhaling back out your mouth for a few minutes can work just as well. The goal of this is to drastically increase your oxygen intake which will in turn break down the adrenaline and should calm you down faster.
Hug a bear
It may sound rather odd but bringing in a bear from home is a great way to keep yourself calm. Having that familiar scent and texture of somewhere you feel safe can help quite a lot when things are getting too much. Generally, dentists don’t mind if you bring in a plush to squeeze, just as long as it’s nothing too big that will get in the way of them performing their job.
Talk to your team
Finally, it really can’t be stressed enough the importance of communication between yourself and your dentist. Sadly, modern technology hasn’t evolved to the point where telepathic communication is a possibility so, right now, we’re stuck with talking and hand gestures, so use them if you can. When you start to feel the anxiety machine kick into gear just talk to your dental team, or if that’s too much, just raise your hand.
The idea is to let them know when you need a break.
So, the next time you start to feel yourself get anxious about going to the practice or whilst you’re sat in the dentist’s chair, just try a few of these remedies to keep calm. Remember, they’re always willing to go at your pace.
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