1. Be sure you’re wearing something comfortable.
2. Bring your security blanket. Or stuffed toy. Or stress ball. Don’t be shy!
3. Ask your dentist to take you through what s/he’s doing. That is if you’re the type who likes hearing what’s going on. If you’d rather not know, that’s also fine.
4. Use your iPod.
5. Write a mental to-do list.
6. Think of blog entries to write.
The last three items are also called “distract yourself from what is actually happening.”
1. Berate yourself on why you didn’t take better care of your teeth.
2. Think of the pain, oh, the pain.
3. Look at the needle.
4. Imagine the evils of the drill and lasers.
5. Keep looking at the clock and wish there was a “Forward” button in life.
I’m due for another root canal session this week. Ugggh. While I am very happy that my dentist is highly competent, I still get the shivers just thinking of lying down on that dentist’s chair for hours with my mouth wide open. I’ve never felt more vulnerable in my life.
Could you please share some tips on how sitting at that dentist’s chair will be a more pleasant experience? Advice would be greatly appreciated!