American Dental Association offers the following tips to help you relax before and during dental treatment:
- Share your feelings with your dentist and dental hygienist. Let them know you are fearful, tense or anxious so they can tailor their treatment and pace to your needs.
- Set aside a stress-free time for your dental visit, when you won't be rushed, physically strained or troubled by other concerns. A Saturday or early morning appointment may be less stressful than rushing to see the dentist right after work.
- Get acquainted with the dental staff, as being sociable can establish trust and warmth that can help allay fears and reduce tension. Ask a friend or family member to accompany you to the appointment if it makes you feel more at ease.