Relaxing Remedies to Get You Back in the Dental Chair

Imagine being greeted with a paraffin wax hand treatment, and then led to a heated, reclining massage chair. A scented neck wrap is draped across your shoulders, and a pair of sunglasses shade your eyes. Sounds relaxing, right? Believe it or not, this scenario doesn’t take place at a spa, but in dental offices across the country! Dental anxiety is a very real problem for many Americans, thanks in part to sensationalized depictions of drill-wielding dentists in movies and cartoons. Modern advances in dental science and technology allow dentists to perform complex procedures virtually pain free! In addition, dentists are going the extra mile to make their offices more comfortable and relaxing for patients with dental anxiety. If you avoid regular dental visits because of a dental phobia, it’s not too late to get back on track. Call and talk to your dentist or hygienist about your fears, and consider choosing a different dentist if they are not accommodating. Some dentists specialize in providing care to patients with dental phobias, and in extreme cases can even sedate for treatment. Make an effort to calm your fears by getting a good night’s sleep the night before and bringing a portable music player and headphones to listen to during your appointment. Most of all, remind yourself that preventive care can help eliminate the need for more invasive procedures in the future.


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