Tips to feel more re­laxed in the den­tist’s chair

The Progress-Index Weekend - - HEALTH -

If the prospect of sit­ting in a den­tist’s chair is too much for you to bear, the Amer­i­can Den­tal As­so­ci­a­tion sug­gests some cop­ing strate­gies:

• Be hon­est with your den­tist and his or her staff about your fear. Share bad past den­tal ex­pe­ri­ences that have con­trib­uted to your anx­i­ety.

• Agree on a sig­nal that you can use if you need a break.

• Don’t be em­bar­rassed about your pain tol­er­ance; if some­thing hurts, speak up right away.

• If the sound of the drill both­ers you, wear head­phones and lis­ten to mu­sic or an au­dio book.


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