The dentist’s chair can be one of those scary places that makes our anxiety skyrocket just thinking about it. Use apps, forums, and online resources to help you reduce your anxiety before and during your dentist appointment as well as find a dentist you feel comfortable with.
Many things can cause anxiety in our lives. It is pretty normal that going to the dentist at some point in your life might have caused you anxiety. Most people recall having a traumatic dental experience as a child, and have a hard time wanting to go back throughout their childhood and into becoming an adult. Yet, in order for your teeth and gums to stay healthy, you need to go to the dentist office at least once or twice a year. The best thing to do is to look for tips to find a good dentist. You can use apps like Yelp that allow you to read reviews about different dentists from previous clients in your area, to see if any of them sound like someone who can make you comfortable. There are also websites and forums that give you a lot of information about dentists around you including their reviews, interviews with different dentists, and even a tour of their offices to make you feel as comfortable as possible. Many of these online resources will ask you to fill out a dental anxiety scale form to best gauge your level of anxiety, and which dentist is the best fit for you.
Now that you found a dentist you think you could be comfortable with, there are things you can do with apps to decrease your anxiety levels before you head to the dentist’s office. Before a tooth extraction, general cleaning, or root canal, you can reduce your anxiety with many different types of apps depending on what works best for you. You can use a yoga app to stretch and focus on your breathing to bring your anxiety down and feel more relaxed before you head to your appointment. Other tips before going to the dentist appointment are use apps like Calm and pick the category on the app to reduce stress and anxiety. With this app, you can sit outside the dentist’s office and practice a guided meditation to reduce your anxiety about going inside. Other ways you can use apps to learn how to calm nerves before dentist visit could be from fitness apps where a good workout always leaves you feeling more relaxed and confident, or an app like stress reliever which is compiled of mini podcasts that focus on stressful situations and give you encouraging words.
If you don’t have time before your dentist appointment, why not use apps while you’re in the chair actually getting the work done? If you learn how to distract yourself at the dentist, more than likely you will realize it wasn’t that bad after all. If you’re a big fan of music in general, you can download off Spotify the latest album of one of your favorite artists and listen to music during root canal or any kind of dental procedure. If podcasts are more of your thing, then download the latest episodes of your favorite podcast to help you stay calm when getting a filling or tooth extraction. You can also use some apps focused on anxiety to listen to calming waves, nature sounds or white noise that soothe you to keep your mind off the sounds and uncomfortable parts of the appointment.
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