Listen to Music
Timothy Leary infamously encouraged individuals "Turn on, tune in, drop out" in 1967. While the American psychologist and writer and LSD fan choose those words to influence the counterculture movement, the practice of tuning into music and dropping out of the reality of a dental office can help timid patients relax and be able to receive the dental treatments they need.
One study conducted at King's College London, London, UK, found that both adolescents and adults patients that listed to music during invasive dental procedures were able to naturally reduce their levels of dental anxiety. The study used two groups of patients undergoing root canal; a control group of non-music listening patients and music listeners. All group participants had their anxiety levels measured before and after treatment and had their heart rate, blood pressure and finger temperature measured every 10 minutes until the dental work was complete. The findings showed that individuals who had tuned out had both higher finger temperatures and a lowered anxiety scores.
Breathe in the Air
Labored breathing is just one potential side effect of dental anxiety. That shallow, crazy-fast breathing can cause an imbalance in a bodies' carbon dioxide and oxygen and can cause a vicious cycle of more panicked breathing and even hyperventilation. Some research has indicated that the process can lower CO2 which has been found to be a trigger of panic attacks.
Fortunately, individuals can train themselves to focus on controlling this element and concentrate on taking deep, slow and regulated breathing to lower stress levels. The right type of breathing "...shifts the body's balance of carbon dioxide to oxygen in favor of energizing oxygen," and help return the body to a more balanced state of being (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/09/08/tips-for-better-skin_n_952751.html#s352656&;title=Practice_Deep_Breathing).
Individuals dealing with dental anxiety can tap into these natural remedies and use one other tool to manage the task more effectively, communication. By letting a dentist and the dental care team know about your fragile condition, they will take the extra precautions to make sure not the dental clinic visit is a good one. Individuals looking to find a dentist up to the task of calming their nerves and delivering dental care can count on 1-800-DENTIST to help them with the task.