When You Feel Stressed …..Practice the “Try To Sleep” Technique
If you start to get a faster heartbeat or sweating palms, the best thing to do is not fight it. Try to sleep! It works! We know that many of our patients are not actually going to take a nap but a sincere effort and attempt to sleep will help you to relax. Relaxing and trying to sleep generate the same outcomes, but people know have a better understand of what it means to try & sleep, they do it every day.
Wear Noise Canceling Headphones During Treatments
Music is a great distraction and can create comforting moods for some patients. Oh yea and it decreases your ability to hear the sounds of dentistry.
Signal the Dentist To Stop
Agree on a “nonverbal signal” you can use to stop for any reason. For instance if you raise your left hand, Dr Landers will stop and help with your concern. Then allow you a few minutes to recover.
Make Yourself As Comfortable As Possible
- Loosen Any Clothes That Restrict Your Breathing
- Arms On The Chair Arms A Little Bit Away From Your Sides
- Palms Up Or Firmly Grab Or Squeeze Rubber Arm Rests
- Legs Straight Feet Roughly Hip-Width Apart
To assure a comfort you can request neck & back support pillows.
Calming Breathing Technique To Help Manage Stress
- Make sure your nose is clean and clear before dental treatments. You might consider nasal strips. Or if you have a stuffy nose you may consider using decongestant sprays like Afrin.
- Let your breath flow as deep down into your belly as is comfortable, without forcing it.
- Breath in through your nose and out of your mouth before dental treatment begins. Once dental treatment starts you will need to inhale and exhale through your nose. You must keep your airway closed during clinical treatments.
- Breathe in gently and regularly. You may find that it is helpful to count steadily from 1-5. If this make you feel light headed, choose a 1-3 or 1-4 and then work you way up to 1-5.
- While counting exhale gently without pausing or holding your breath.
- Keep doing this for three to five minutes.
Humming is Helpful
When exhaling, you might find that its even more realizing to make a low volume humming noise. Humming sounds similar to a bee buzzing can be distracting. And are especially recommended for calming the mind and relieving stress during dental numbing.
Go To Your Happy Place
Close your eyes reminisce or imagine a fun time or place you feel calm & safe.
- Beautiful Beach
- A Loving Event
- Childhood Memories
- College Parties
- Review photo memories on your Mobile device