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Health Tip: Afraid of the Dentist?

Try these anxiety-busting tips

(HealthDay News) -- Does thinking about going to the dentist make you break into a cold sweat? You're not alone. But with dentistry's many advances, diagnosis and treatment gets more comfortable all the time.

The American Dental Association offers these suggestions for easing your anxiety:

  • If you're tense or anxious, tell your dentist and the dental staff. Getting your concerns out in the open will let your dentist adapt treatment to your needs.
  • Try to choose a time for your visit when you're less likely to be rushed or under pressure. For some people, that means a Saturday or an early-morning appointment.
  • If the sound of the drill bothers you, bring a portable audio player and headset so you can listen to your favorite music.
  • While you're in the dentist's chair, try visualizing yourself relaxing on a warm beach.
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