We all know that dental health is crucial to overall well-being. However, for some of us, fear of the dentist keeps us from enjoying all the preventive benefits of regular checkups.
If you are looking for a way to cope with dental phobia, Dr. Fondriest offers an inviting and relaxing atmosphere. However, for a more natural technique, try meditation.
Meditation is the practice of harnessing attention and awareness. The three exercises described below can be performed anywhere, including the dentist’s chair. If used routinely, these exercises can become a great tool to overcome anxiety.
- Breathing Exercise: Start by taking a deep, nourishing breath in through your nose. Imagine all of the stress in your body being caught up in the breath as you exhale slowly. Continue to focus only on your breathing, inhale and exhale, throughout the appointment. When your attention wanders back to the dental procedure, patiently attend to the breath once more.
- Body Scan: Continue to breathe deeply, as you did in the previous exercise, but direct your attention to the sensations in your body. Think about each body part, one by one, beginning with the toes on your right foot. Listen to your body, and with each exhalation, release muscle tension. Do your whole body this way, up to the top of your head. If thinking about your mouth is uncomfortable, limit your attention to the lower half of your body.
- Phrase/Image: Begin by establishing yourself within the breath. As you inhale and exhale, picture yourself leaving the dentist’s office with a brighter, healthier smile. Say to yourself: I trust Dr. Fondriest, and the benefits of this visit will last a lifetime.