A bright, white smile and clean teeth are essential for your health and your appearance. A dental phobia, though, often stops people from stepping foot into a dental office or even making an appointment.

Learn how to conquer your fears with these techniques that will ease the process of routine cleanings, whitening treatments or necessary dental work. 

1) Be Honest With Your Dentist: Instead of avoiding the dentist all together, be honest and upfront about your fears with Dr. Phelan. Is it the sound of the equipment that makes you uncomfortable? Our staff may have an alternative treatment method available. Identify what part of the dental visit makes you nervous so the professionals at Exquisite Smiles can determine methods to make you more comfortable. 

2) Practice Deep Breathing: Many patients experience physical symptoms related to their fear of dental work. Calm yourself with breathing exercises that prompt you to inhale through your nose and slowly exhale through your mouth. Breathing exercises help to regulate your heart rate and force you to focus on the breaths versus your fear of the dentist. 

3) Engage in Relaxation Techniques: Identify ways that you relax when stressed. Some dental patients practice yoga, meditation or stretching before an appointment to find a balance between their mind and body. Bring headphones to your appointment and listen to soothing music to calm your nerves. Ask Dr. Phelan about additional techniques that may relax you, such as safe medications to reduce anxiety. 

A trip to the dentist is not as stressful if you have prepared your mind and body. Dr. Phelan is an experienced professional with a reputation for making patients feel comfortable and eager to achieve a bright smile. Feel free to contact us at one of our offices in Rhode Island or Massachusetts to discuss how we can help you conquer your dental phobia.