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Health Tip: If You Fear Going to the Dentist

Suggestions to deal with the anxiety

(HealthDay News) - Anxiety about going to the dentist is common, but fear shouldn't prevent you from keeping your teeth in good health.

The American Dental Association offers these suggestions to help ease anxiety at the dentist's office:

  • Talk to your dentist or hygienist about your anxiety, so they can better understand and accommodate your needs.
  • Schedule appointments when you have plenty of time and won't feel rushed -- such as very early in the morning, or on a Saturday.
  • Bring soothing music to distract you during your appointment -- especially if the sounds of a dental office bother you.
  • Visualize yourself somewhere pleasant -- on a beach, with family or at a park.
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