Relaxation techniques in dentistry
Article by Jean Taylor
If you are one of those people that fall apart at the mere mention of the dentist, then you need to familiarize yourself with relaxation techniques to deal with your anxiety. But first, you should know that there are many people out there that experience such symptoms, and that your anxiety is nothing to be embarrassed about. Some people are more sensitive than others by nature but the good news is that there are tried and tested methods to overcome this. If your fear is very mild, then the task ahead is quite easy. You need to find a good dentist who provides a soothing environment during treatment, so that you can distract yourself from his tools. Today, many dentists resort to equipment that minimizes sound and vibration, and this can help to ease your anxiety. It is well known that some people fear the sound of the drill more than the actual tooth cleaning process. Your dentist in LA may even attend to you in a room that is spacious and uncluttered, with walls that have beautiful, rich paintings to draw you in. Or maybe there is a video monitor in front of you as you sit in the dentist’s chair. Many dentists also make good use of soothing music to calm nerves. Other relaxation techniques include a foot or shoulder massage, aromatherapy, warm neck wraps, headphones and even private treatment rooms to make you less self-conscious.As kids tend to get more anxious at the dentist than the parents, family dentists often provide flat screen monitors with cartoons and a separate play area so that kids can have some fun after their treatment is complete. This will make them think favorably about visiting the dentist again. For people that experience major panic attacks at the dentist, a relaxing environment will not be enough. To help patients calm down and enable the dentist to carry out his work without any disturbance, various sedation drugs are available. You will have to check with your dentist first to make sure that not only do they provide sedation dentistry but that they are also adequately experienced in this specialty. Nitrous oxide or laughing gas is frequently used by dentists to make their patients light hearted enough to undergo treatment. However, some extremely anxious people require deep sedation methods so that they are not aware of their immediate environment during a procedure. Patients are also encouraged to practice common relaxation methods so they learn to control their anxiety. Deep breathing exercises and self- hypnosis are such exercises, but you need to engage in them on a daily basis to truly benefit. It needs to be part of your lifestyle, not just something you do when you are nervous. This is especially important because breathing exercises, if not done correctly, can make you hyperventilate and increase anxiety symptoms. That would be a total disaster.
About the Author
Zen Dental in downtown Los Angeles specializes in Relaxation dentistry procedures. It provides highly personalized dental care to every patient in accordance to their specific needs and expectations. Visit their website at: www.zendental.com and Squidoo LENS.
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