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What Do Dentists Do to Relieve Anxiety?

 
Chapter: How to Relieve Dental Anxiety

In general, avoid caffeine before a dental appointment to make you less anxious. Eating high-protein foods also produces a calming effect, unlike sugary foods. During the procedure, focus on breathing regularly and slowly. When they are nervous, some people tend to hold their breath, which decreases oxygen levels and further increases feelings of anxiety. Knowledge is the greatest defense against anxiety. If you have specific fears, talk to your dentist about them. Your dentist can go a long way to dispel any negative or frightening images you may have.
Reviewed: January 2012