Patients become anxious about going to the dentist for different reasons.
This may include fear of receiving local anaesthetic or concerns about the effectiveness of the anaesthesia. Negative past experiences may also play a large role in a patient’s anxiety, as well as financial concerns.
What can I do to relieve dental anxiety?
- In general, avoid caffeine before a dental appointment to make you less anxious.
- Eating high-protein foods also produces a calming effect, unlike sugary foods.
- During the procedure, focus on breathing regularly and slowly.
When nervous, some people tend to hold their breath, which decreases oxygen levels and further increases feelings of anxiety. Knowledge is the greatest defence against anxiety. If you have specific fears, talk to your dentist about them. Your dentist can go a long way to dispel any negative or frightening images you may have.
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