As an adult, you know you need to go to the dentist at least twice a year to enjoy good oral health. However, your dental anxiety makes a trip to the dentist seem almost unbearable. Your feelings are not uncommon. You can choose a dentist who specializes in patients with dental anxiety. They will take extra measures to make you feel safe, secure, and calm about the entire visit. They may even want to sedate you. However, if you are opposed to sedation techniques, there are ways you can ease dental anxiety without getting a shot. 

Learn how you can relieve your dentist fears naturally on your own (both before and during the visit). 

Talk About It

The first thing you need to do is face your fear head-on. Don't bottle it up inside, which will make your fear grow. Talk about your dental anxiety with your doctor and a trusted family member. If your dental anxiety is extreme, see a therapist who can help you understand why you are so scared of the dentist. You might discover that your fear stems from a large issue, such as general anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress, or a fear of lack of control.

In some cases, victims of domestic violence or sexual abuse can develop dental anxiety, as well. A therapist will give you a safe space to talk about your fears, and help you come up with solutions to the problem.

Tour the Office

If you have fears about going to a new dental office where rooms, procedures and people are unfamiliar, take a tour. Before you show up for your first appointment, ask the dental receptionist if you can come in for a test run and check the place out. If you explain that you have dental anxiety, they should be more than welcoming to you. Some dental anxiety stems from fear of the unknown, and a pre-appointment tour can ease those fears.

Ease Anxiety with Foods

A day or two before your appointment, prepare your body by fueling it with the right kinds of foods. Certain foods like sugar and caffeine can induce more anxiety, stress and jitteriness than you would want. Avoid those to feel more at ease. You can also eat foods high in protein, which can help you feel calmer. Double up on protein and tryptophan (a supplement known to regulate moods and induce sleepiness) by eating turkey.

When you follow these tips before your next appointment, you can feel more relaxed about the situation, without the need for medication. 

Talk to a dental office like Quality Dental Care L.L.C. to learn more.