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How Mindfulness Helps with Dental Anxiety

Feeling anxious about dental visits is common, but mindfulness practices can help you manage this anxiety effectively. Here are some practical ways to implement mindfulness to make your next dental appointment more comfortable:

Deep Breathing Techniques

When you’re sitting in the waiting room or the dental chair, practice deep breathing. Breathe in slowly through your nose, hold the breath for a few seconds, and then exhale slowly through your mouth. Repeat this several times. This simple technique can help lower your heart rate and reduce muscle tension, making you feel calmer and more in control.

Mindful Observation

While in the dental chair, practice mindful observation. Pay attention to your surroundings and the sensations you are experiencing without judgment. Notice the more calming elements in the office. Are there pleasant sounds (maybe music or a kind voice), smells (like lingering laundry detergent on your clothes), or sights (see if there are paintings on the wall or a television screen to focus on) you can focus on? By staying present and curious about your environment, you can reduce your anxiety and stay grounded.

Regular Mindfulness Practice

While having the tools to quell your anxiety in the dentist’s office is important, incorporating mindfulness into your daily routine can help you create routines and build resilience. Spending a few minutes each day practicing mindfulness meditation or deep breathing can enhance your overall ability to cope with stress and anxiety, making dental visits feel less intimidating.

Let Us Know!

Mindfulness is a great tool to help you cope with anxiety about your dentist visits, but as the saying goes: a problem shared is a problem halved. When you come in for your appointment, let our staff know if you’re feeling a little anxious about your appointment. They will do their best to help you feel comfortable while you wait and during your checkup or procedure. 

If you’re ready to schedule your next checkup, give us a call at (617) 332-2872 or make an appointment via our online form.