Fear of the dentist is so prevalent there's even a term for the elevated pulse and blood pressure nervous patients experience prior to a dental procedure: "White Jacket Syndrome." If you have an upcoming dental implant, dental extraction, or even a simple cleaning, there are a few things you can do to remain calm at the dentist.
There is a technique that military snipers use called "Box Breaths" - breathe in 4 counts, hold 4, breathe out 4, hold empty lungs 4 counts. Doing this several times allows more oxygen to the
brain and helps relax mind and body. Listening to music is also helpful for a pleasant distraction, according to research.
Keep your eyes closed during the extraction itself. This simple action prevents you from seeing your dentist’s facial expressions… Avoid to actually see the teeth extraction tools. In fact, these special tools to pull tooth are really frightening, because they look like some kind of instruments for torture.
For some procedures, "sedation dentistry" is the best option. Sedation levels range from nitrous oxide inhalation to deep, almost unconscious sedation. If you have fears or an invasive procedure at the dentist, don't hesitate to speak up and ask for sedation. A calm patient allows the dentist to do their best work without distraction, and a calm patient will have a better experience.
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