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How to Calm Your Dentist Chair Fears - Palm Beach Gardens Fl

posted Feb 10, 2015, 8:59 AM by Gary Kijanka   [ updated Jun 12, 2015, 8:47 AM ]

Remember You Can Leave at Any Time – For people who feel like they are at the mercy of the dentist remembering this basic fact helps to give back their sense of control. It’s also important to remember that there’s a good reason to be sitting in the dentists chair in the first instance, so just by sitting in the dentist’s chair you’ve taken positive steps to maintain your oral health.  
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Speak honestly to the dentist about your fears - Dentists are trained to manage pain, and can talk you step by step through the procedure so you can understand what’s being done on your teeth. Knowing what to expect can alleviate some of the fear of the unknown patients. It’s important to find a team of dentists that you trust. If you suffer from severe anxiety it’s worth mentioning this from the beginning to assess how the practice responds and if the dentists have the patience to put their clients at ease. 

Keep it in perspective - Like other anxieties many people build up their fears about pain and discomfort to be bigger than what is the reality. After procedures like root canals and wisdom teeth removals we commonly hear people tell us it wasn't as bad as they thought. It’s important to remember that the work is going to resolve tooth aches and other dental pain you are experiencing, so any discomfort is short term is certainly worth it in the long term. 

Listen to Music - We recommend some patients put in headphones and listen to music to help relax and mask out the sound of any equipment that may contribute to additional anxiety. Other relaxation techniques including slow deep breathing, speaking to the dentist beforehand to schedule the appointment in the morning so that they anticipation doesn't build throughout the day.

DR. GARY KIJANKA, D.M.D.
10333 N. Millitary Trail Suite B
Palm Beach Gardens FL, 33410  
Office:(561) 776-3116

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Monday through Thursday: 8:30 am – 5 pm & Friday 8:30 am - 300 pm
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