Tips to feel more relaxed in the dentist’s chair
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.