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Tips for Distracting Yourself at your Dental Appointment


While most people have at least a little bit of anxiety when even thinking about a dental visit, a sizable portion of the US population has an absolute phobia. Unfortunately, many people forego important dental procedures due to their condition, and even tolerate severe pain. Even if you have just a little bit of anxiety when coming in for a checkup, there are ways you can distract and even relax yourself. Here are some tips to help you distract and de-stress during a dental visit.

Music is one of the best distractions at the dentist.

Good for so many things, soothing music can help you plow through the tough times, and even the time you spend in the dental chair. Follow these tips when listening:

  • Listen to music that’s soothing and energetic. You’re trying to stay relaxed, but also drowning out the dental office sounds, so go for something in the midrange that’s consistently churning out the sounds.
  • Some procedures may require a bit more communication between you and the dentist. Give us a call before your appointment and make sure that it’s okay to listen during your visit.
  • Use headphones! This makes sure that your music isn’t distracting anyone else, and will also cancel out the outside sounds better.
  • Watch the volume control. You can keep it somewhat loud, but not so loud that you’re bothering other people or even damaging your own hearing.
  • Instead of music, you can even try a funny podcast or audiobook. Laughing definitely eases tension.

Bring a buddy.
Sometimes, just having a friend or family member around helps you relax and think about other things while you’re waiting.

Breathe to curb your dental anxiety beforehand.
woman at her dental appointmentRelaxation techniques, such as yoga and meditation are at an all-time high in popularity here in the US. That’s because they can be really useful in helping us deal with the stresses of modern life, including dental visits. If you have an appointment scheduled, you can prepare beforehand by learning deep breathing techniques or self-hypnosis.

While dental fear is common, it’s important to remember that we’re here to help you heal and take care of your oral health. If you have a lot of anxiety about your visit, talk to us beforehand and let us know. We’ll do everything we can to help you feel comfortable.

SunWest Dental Centers has nine valley wide convenient locations in Apache Junction, Biltmore, Buckeye, Chandler, Mesa, Prescott Valley, San Tan Valley, Sun City, and Tempe

Apache Junction

1601 W. Apache Trail, #2
Apache Junction, AZ 85120
(480) 982-4200
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407 N. 4th Street
Buckeye, Arizona 85326
(623) 327-3206
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2175 N. Alma School Road, #C108
Chandler, AZ 85224
(480) 782-6200
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600 E. University Drive
Mesa, AZ 85203
(480) 610-5100
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Prescott Valley

8256 E. Hwy #69
Prescott Valley, AZ 86314
(928) 772-4433
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San Tan Valley

2510 E Hunt Hwy, Ste 28
San Tan Valley, AZ 85143
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Sun City

13000 N. 103rd Avenue, #85
Sun City, AZ 85351
(623) 583-6666
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7660 S McClintock Dr. Ste 101
Tempe, AZ 85284
(480) 831-8022
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