Are you afraid of the dentist? Does hearing the word drill send shivers down your spine? You are not alone. It is estimated that as many as 75% of adults experience some degree of dental fear.
While many dentists encourage different coping mechanisms to overcome dental phobia, one technique remains the most popular: listening to music.
Bringing an iPod or CD player and playing your favorite music is a great way to relax at the dentist. Controlling the volume can help drown out the sounds of the dentist tools and can make the whole process seem faster.
Here are five tips to help ease dental phobia with music:
- Choose songs without lengthy gaps in between the tracks to blend out the sound of the drill.
- Relaxation tracks, or tracks with nature sounds such as waves or tropical thunderstorms, can help put you in a calmer state of mind and sooth your dental anxiety.
- It is helpful to have the Pause button handy in case you want to communicate with your dentist.
- Choose earphones that dont pop out easily and make sure your iPod is charged or your CD player has new batteries.
- Audio books can be a good alternative that forces you to concentrate on the story being told and forget your dental fear.
How do you deal with dental fear? Share your tips with us in the comments below.