Feeling nervous and unsure about going to the dentist isn't just limited to children. There are many adults who also have reservations about going to the dentist. While these reservations are completely normal, this doesn't mean that there isn't anything that you can do to help feel more calm and relaxed when you go to the dentist. Dentists' realize that adults too can feel anxious when they come in, so they do certain things, and offer certain options, to help make sure that all of their patients can have a good experience while at the dentist. This article is going to discuss 2 tips to help adults feel at ease while they are at the dentist.
Use The Dental Nitrous Oxide
It can sometimes seem almost impossible to calm yourself while at the dentist, no matter how many times you have told yourself that everything will be fine. If this is how you feel, then you may want to take advantage of the dental nitrous oxide that almost all dental offices have. This nitrous oxide is used to help you feel more relaxed and calm while you are at the dentist. If you tell the dental assistant that you would like the nitrous oxide, she will place the mask on your face and turn it on. She will then adjust the levels of nitrous oxide until you are feeling its effect. After the procedure is done, you are then going to be given a few minutes with just breathing in straight oxygen. This helps to clear your head of the nitrous oxide so that you are completely coherent when you leave the dental office. This allows you to safely drive, return to work, etc.
Watch A Movie
A great way to deal with some of the anxiety that comes along with going to the dentist is to distract yourself. Distractions help you to think less about what is going to happen at the dentist, or what your mind seems to think will happen, and allows you to focus more of your attention on something that is more enjoyable for you. A great way to do this is to watch a movie. Many adult dental offices allow their patient's to watch a show or movie via headphones and a television on the ceiling. If you are watching a show that you really enjoy, you are not going to notice nearly as much what is going on with your mouth and will feel much more calm.