Overcoming Anxiety in the Dentist's Chair

If you are apprehensive like me, and hate getting shots at the dentist office, I have a trick. I always lift one leg slightly when I know my dentist is giving me the shot. My sister told me a dental assistant had shared this tip with her; concentrating on something else takes your mind off of the shot. It helps with some of the anxiety! Try it the next time you have to get dental work!

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By Karen from Union, SC

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January 21, 20090 found this helpful

Hi!

This reminded me of my personal favorite. When getting a shot or something, pick the area farthest from the incoming boo boo, and wiggle it. If you are getting a shot in your right arm, for instance, wiggle your left little toe. It does actually help quite a lot.

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And if you need more, you can twirl your toe in a circle while lifting the leg! Great tip, I really hope it helps someone get in the door of a dental office for relief of problems. thanks!

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Well... as a four-time Lamaze vet (I've had four children, all with Lamaze technique,) that always worked for me while the Novocaine was going in. I use the Lamaze breathing as my "distractor" for anything painful or uncomfortable, even pelvic exams at the doctor's office.

Any little technique that helps, though!

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