4 Steps to a Pain-Free Dentist Visit
Don't make excuses to put off that cleaning! Here, 4 ways to ease the agony of the drill, and stop dreading the dentist.
Step 4: Open up and say "spa."
A new breed of dentist's office, called the dental spa, gives you the illusion that you're in for a massage instead of a root canal. In front of each chair you'll find flat-screen TVs; you can also don noise-canceling headphones to dull the drillage. Some offices even offer mini massage treatments.
No dental spas near you? No worries. Get yourself calm before your next appointment by dabbing relaxing lavender or chamomile essential oils at your temples and pulse points. Bringing a heated neck wrap, a squeezable stress ball, or an MP3 player loaded with your most happy-making tunes can help too. While in the chair, practice slow, deep breathing through your diaphragm to counteract that fight-or-flight adrenaline reaction (your body's response to stress). And smile! By getting to those appointments, you're doing something great for your dental — and whole-body — health.
Originally published on January 29, 2009
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