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The Cure for Dental Anxiety

Rodney Baier, DDS
September 18, 2023

As your dentist, we strive to make you as comfortable and relaxed as possible during each visit with us. We hope that the understanding that you’ll be receiving top notch dental care with state of the art technology alleviates any of your worries after experiencing just one visit with us.

However, we know that for some, visiting the dentist still isn’t their favorite thing in the world. Don’t worry—we don’t take it personally! We understand that dental anxiety is a real thing, and we’d like to offer a few tips to anyone with even the slightest anxiety. Ultimately we hope to help your next dental visit go as smoothly as possible.

Simply & Easy Tips to Help You Relax During Your Visit to the Dentist

Ask Questions:

Ask us any questions or address any concerns before beginning your care. We like to keep you informed and educated about what to expect with your visits. However, if you have a new question pop up during dental treatment, don’t tense up and hold it in, ask us! This way we know what you are concerned about and we can help you feel more at ease.

Listen to Music:

Some people find that plugging in headphones and zoning out during their visit is the most relaxing way to spend their time in our chair. Whether you listen to your favorite bands or download a soothing podcast, please feel free distract yourself accordingly.

Watch TV:

Lay back and enjoy watching a selection of DVD sitcoms on one of our overhead screens with wireless headphones. In our office we have quite a few comedy DVD’s to choose from and patients are also welcome to bring their own if they wish.

Have something to hold:

You may be most comfortable with your hands folded in your lap or rested at your sides. Although, if you find your hands gets restless, bring something (or ask us for something) like a stress ball or fidget spinner to hold.

Remember that we have various methods of dental sedation and anesthesia:

If you are feeling extremely anxious or simply need pain relief, you can relax knowing that we offer a variety of sedation methods and pain relief. Discuss your best options with Dr. Baier and the team so we know how to best make you comfortable.

Control your breathing:

Take long, slow, deep breaths through your nose to help flood your body with oxygen and other naturally calming chemicals within your body. Your central nervous system will automatically help reduce discomfort and anxiety through diaphragmatic breathing.

If you’re ready to melt your dental fears away through experiencing a relaxing, stress-free, and pain-free trip to our dental office, call to schedule your appointment today. We look forward to seeing you and helping you to receive the exceptional dental care that you deserve.

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