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Why Am I Anxious in the Dental Office?

 
Chapter: What to Do to Relieve Dental Anxiety

Knowledge is the greatest defense against anxiety. Avoiding caffeine before a dental appointment can make you less anxious. Eating high-protein foods produces a calming effect, unlike sugary foods. During the procedure, focus on breathing regularly and slowly. When you are nervous you tend to hold your breath, which decreases oxygen levels and further increases feelings of panic. Use hand signals to inform the dentist when you are uncomfortable. If you have specific fears, talk to your dentist about them. He or she can go a long way to dispel any negative or frightening images you may have.
 
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