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What would you do if you were given the choice between going on vacation or keeping a dental appointment? That’s not a hard choice at all–especially if you have any anxiety issues about seeing the dentist. Well, as a matter of fact, that kind of thinking can help you beat your fears during an actual visit.

A large number of Americans questioned about it have some sort of anxiety about the dentist. The number explodes as the dental procedures become more intense (i.e., shots or surgery). What this says is that many people equate going to the dentist with pain, which is unfortunate.

While modern dentistry has excellent medications to eradicate pain and anxiety for those people who need them, there are natural techniques that may help as well. Here are some alternative suggestions for those who wish to do without the drugs.

Mental images:
For example, imagine you are somewhere else–someplace calming like the beach, or sitting by a waterfall.

Breathing:
Concentrating on taking slow deep breaths. Breathing is used alongside various relaxation techniques.

Hypnosis:
This is not just for stage shows or remembering past life experiences. It is a focused form of relaxation training that can help anxiety.

Acupuncture:
An ancient Chinese alternative to western medicine that many people of all cultures find helpful. Of course, if you are afraid of needles this might not be the one for you.

Preparation:
Common sense turns out to be a good method. Simply plan ahead and prep both your mind and the dentist for the appointment. Book a time when you won’t feel rushed or stressed-out. Avoid caffeinated drinks and sugar before the visit. And let your dentist know that anxiety is a problem for you.

If you are anxious when seeing oral surgeon, Dr. Will Allen would be pleased to discuss it with you. We have the options of IV sedation and general anesthesia to help you get the treatment you need. Please contact Kentuckiana Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates to make an appointment at: 812-913-2283, or come by our office in Louisville, Kentucky.