Whether it’s due to horror stories from others or your own traumatic experiences with dentists in the past, visiting the dentist can be a scary experience for some. It could be something simple as a cleaning, but the thought of “pointy & sharp things” in the mouth is enough to make one’s anxiety level shoot through the roof!
As a dental assistant with experience over 20 years, I’d say when it comes to major dental work, such as extractions of your wisdom teeth, oral sedation would be the best option. Especially for those who have a fear of the dentist. Valium is typically offered to patients. However, if medication is a NO for you, there are other alternatives when it comes to simple dental work such as a filling or cleaning. The fear of being in the chair can be eliminated in a few ways.
Meditation: Meditating an hour or so before your scheduled appointment may provide the calming relief you need. Meditation helps you to clear your mind, removing triggering thoughts of your treatment.
Chamomile Tea: Sipping on a nice hot cup of chamomile tea provides the calming effect and quite the sedative effect needed while you’re in the chair.
Your Playlist: Sounds from the instruments adds to the anxiety while in the chair. For some, the sounds are the only thing that really triggers anxiety. Bring your earplugs so the music can tune out the noise from the drill.
Security Blanket/object that keeps you feeling “safe”: Your favorite blanket or something that will provide anxiety relief like an Amethyst crystal provides that mental support and the feeling of being safe.