Easing Dental Anxiety – Top Tips

Dental anxiety is by no means uncommon, and it can affect people of all ages. Dentists are used to dealing with this issue, and will do everything possible to make your visit comfortable and rewarding. Routine dental visits are important, as they help to ensure any issues are identified during the early stages. If you experience dental fear or anxiety, you may wish to try some of the following management techniques to ensure you are able to receive the dental care necessary to maintain a healthy, glowing smile for life.   

Tips for Managing Dental Anxiety 


It’s important to remember that your dentist has your best interests in mind. Dentists treat a variety of patients on a daily basis, and are used to dealing with cases of anxiety. By communicating your concerns with your dentist, they will be able to tailor a treatment plan to suit your needs. We can help to make your visit more comfortable by scheduling breaks throughout your appointment, talking you through the process or recommending some techniques to help you relax and feel more comfortable. Most patients find that asking questions prior to having a procedure can help to ease their anxiety, as they will have a good understanding of what to expect.  

Bring a Distraction 

Feel free to wear a pair of earbuds and listen to your favourite album or podcast. Children may wish to bring a toy or teddy bear along for comfort. You could even watch your favourite TV show on your phone or tablet. Distractions are a very effective way of taking your mind off things, enabling you to remain up to date with your check-ups and maintain optimal oral health all year round.  

Meditation and Breathing Exercises 

There are a range of highly effective meditation and relaxation techniques you may wish to try. It can be something as simple as going for a walk at a slightly slower pace, whilst allowing the mind to focus on each movement. This is a great way to alleviate stress prior to your dental visit, so you can feel calm and rested whilst in the chair. Deep breathing can also be useful, and this can be practiced at home or whilst travelling to your appointment.  

Avoid Negative Thinking 

Remember, most visits to the dentist are straightforward and pain free. Dental check-ups are a normal part of life, and by attending regular appointments you can reduce your risk of experiencing severe dental issues later in life. By maintaining a positive mindset, you can overcome feelings of anxiety and rest easy knowing that you will soon walk out of the office with a healthy, glowing smile to be proud of.   

First Time Visits 

If you’re visiting a dentist for the first time, it’s a good idea to visit the office to familiarize yourself with the staff and surroundings. You may wish to start small with a simple cleaning or X-ray, before discussing other options such as cosmetic dentistry or more complex procedures. Over time you will gain a familiarity with your dentist, which can help ease anxiety.    

Book an Appointment at Glowing Smiles Dental Today 

Our passionate and friendly team of dentists are here to help you maintain a glowing smile for life. Operating with care and dedication at all times, we strive to provide patients of all ages and backgrounds with affordable, reliable and stress-free dental care. Our clinic at Doncaster also offers Nitrous Oxide( laughing gas) for anxious patients. If you’re due for a check-up, we invite you to book an appointment today.