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4 Ways to Reduce Anxiety During a Root Canal Procedure

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Just about anyone who has ever been to a dentist can attest to feeling anxiety while in the dental chair, especially if they’re getting ready for root canal treatment. In fact, this is a major reason why people avoid going to the dentist.

Fear and anxiety raise our blood pressure and pulse rates, and increase our breathing to the point of hyperventilation. Even the calmest person can feel a sense of anxiety during a dental visit.

Are we destined to live in constant fear of the dental office?

4 Ways a Patient Can Reduce Anxiety During a Root Canal Procedure

People who experience fear and anxiety during dental procedures, like a root canal or filling, don’t have to be slaves to these feelings. Here are three natural ways to reduce anxiety associated with root canals or other dental procedures.

  1. Meditation and Visualization. Meditation can be practiced before and during a dental procedure. It can be as simple as spending 5-10 minutes in a quiet space and focusing on your breathing. Steady breathing has been shown to reduce heart rates dramatically.

Reduce anxiety about root canal, Endodontist NYC, Root Canal NYC, New York City root canal retreatmentBut it is important to avoid unreasonable expectations. If you are a fairly shallow breather to begin with, or easily hyperventilate in stressful situations, five minutes of deep, steady breathing before a dental procedure won’t help that much. Try a daily practice of deep, steady breathing for 5-10 minutes twice per day for a week before your dental procedure. By the time the scheduled appointment arrives, you’ll be better able to steady your breathing during the procedure.

Visualization can also be effective. Create a beautiful, happy place in your mind. Or, visualize going into the dental office and having a wonderful, serene experience. Imagine the procedure going smoothly and with little discomfort. And, most importantly, visualize yourself remaining calm the entire time.

Do this regularly before the procedure. You’ll be better able to reduce your anxiety and cope during your root canal.

  1. Music. Music can soothe aggravated nerves. Not only is it able to calm, it can help drown out some of the noises of the dental procedure, which can contribute to emotional discomfort.

Find music that works for you. The “right music” varies from person to person. One may like New Age, another Classical, while another finds comfort in Classic Rock.

  1. Scents. Aromatherapy is a great tool for reducing anxiety. Pure, essential oils generally work the best. Some oils that can reduce anxiety during a root canal include: lavender, rose geranium, chamomile, jasmine, sandalwood and ylang ylang.
  2. Gain knowledge. It may put your mind at ease to learn about the most common myths about root canal procedures. Most fears around pain and health risks have been debunked. Read our article about the most common myths to learn about how advancements in technology have reduced health risks and made modern root canal procedures painless.

The Importance of the Right Root Canal Specialist

One of the best ways to reduce dental anxiety is to find a dental office that is supportive and compassionate. A dentist and dental staff who exhibits these qualities—like those here at Fifth Avenue Endodontics—contributes to a calm and safe atmosphere in the dental office.

Choosing the right dental office, empowering yourself with knowledge, and employing anxiety reducing techniques will help make your dental procedure, even a root canal, a less stressful experience.

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2 Reasons Why Water Is Vital For Healthy Teeth and Gums

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The concept of drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day has been a popular public message for decades. And, it’s not difficult to see why staying hydrated is important for a person’s overall health. But there’s an added benefit to drinking enough water—it promotes healthy teeth and gums!

2 Reasons Why Water is Vital for Healthy Teeth and Gums

We could go on and on about the benefits of water, because they are plentiful. It helps with energy, sleep, depression and weight regulation, to name a few. What about the dental benefits?

Here are just 2 reasons why water contributes to healthy teeth and gums.

  1. Protecting against dehydration. Staying hydrated keeps our saliva in tip-top shape. Yes, there is healthy and unhealthy saliva. Warning signs of unhealthy saliva include little to no saliva (aka dry mouth) or very sticky saliva.

Dry mouth can be caused by not drinking enough water, a nutrient deficient diet, or medications. Sticky saliva can mean that there is a buildup of sugar and/or bacteria. The problem with unhealthy saliva is that it can’t do its jobs, which include keeping the tissues of the mouth well hydrated, to wash away food debris, and protecting against acids from sugars and bacteria which can lead to dental decay.

Another benefit of water is that it doesn’t contain any sugar like juices and sodas. Because the person is avoiding sugary beverages and opting for water instead, the risk for decay is reduced.

  1. Preventing dental caries. If people are drinking fluoridated water, studies have shown the risk for tooth decay drops significantly. Of course, there is some controversy regarding adding fluoride to drinking water. As with everything, too much of a good thing can still be too much. Talk to your dentist for more information about water fluoridation.

Ways to Increase Your Water Intake for Healthy Teeth and Gums

increase water intake, New York City root canal treatment, New York City endodontistMany people don’t like water, so they assume they’re a lost cause when it comes to proper hydration.

This is definitely not the case. There are plenty of ways to improve the taste of water!

  • Add lemon, lime and orange slices to a jar of water. Refrigerate overnight. The oils in the skins of these fruits infuse the water with a nice, light flavor.
  • Add mint leaves to the water. Refrigerate overnight. This makes a healthy, incredibly refreshing “mint tea”, but doesn’t contain sugar or caffeine.
  • Add a little bit of fresh lemon or lime juice to water and a small amount of stevia powder. Stevia is a leaf that offers sweetness without the side effects of sugar.

Talk to Your Dentist for More Healthy Teeth and Gum Tips

For more information on how to get healthy teeth and gums, talk to your dentist. Even those in specialty professions, like Fifth Avenue Endodontics, have an abundance of knowledge when it comes to prevention of dental problems. They are happy to offer their recommendations for healthy teeth, gums and body.