20 Jan

How to Cope with Dental Anxiety

While admitting you have dental anxiety might seem slightly embarrassing, the fact of the matter is that it is very common. Many people face dental anxiety every day. The key to managing your dental anxiety is to recognize it, talk to your dentist about it, and develop a plan to cope with it while you get the necessary dental treatment. Here are some ways that you can cope with dental anxiety.

Soothing Sounds

For some people, listening to their favorite music, nature sounds, or guided meditations can help them relax in the dentist’s chair. When you choose sounds for your playlist, make sure that you choose things that will help you relax and take your mind off of what is happening. Sometimes that might be classical music, sometimes it might be heavy metal, or it might be something in between. Only you know what will work for you.


Whether you use a recorded guided meditation or simply meditate on your own, meditation can be a very good relaxation tool. Meditation can also help you feel less pain and discomfort during the procedure, and it can even keep your blood pressure and heart rate.


If your dental anxiety is really bad, you might need some help to relax and face the dentist. If this is the case, talk to your dentist about your fears and concerns. There are a few different ways that you can be sedated for your dental appointment, including onsite sedation and prescription sedatives that you could take before your appointment.

If you have dental anxiety, don’t let it keep you from getting the dental treatment you need. Contact us today for more information or to schedule your appointment.

Dr. Obrochta