Published on October 8, 2021, Updated on May 3, 2024

Anxiety about going to the dentist is normal for a lot of people, but there are also a lot of dentists who are looking to help change that for their patients. Going to the dentist shouldn’t be stressful, it should be enjoyable and relaxing. Let’s talk about 5 ways to make your dental visit more comfortable.

1. Wear Your Comfiest Outfit

When you go to the dentist, comfort is key. As you choose your outfit that morning, try to choose clothing items that make you feel comfy, cozy, and calm. Whether it’s a favorite fuzzy sweatshirt or a loose pair of joggers, anything that makes up a great outfit for staying in to read a book with a cup of tea is also a great outfit for going to your dental appointment.

2. Bring a Pillow

Just because you’re going to the dentist doesn’t mean you can’t bring the comfort of home with you. Bringing your own pillow is one of the simplest ways to make your dental visit more comfortable. Even if you can’t use the pillow during a procedure, it can still help to up your comfort level while you’re waiting in between procedures.

3. Use Essential Oil or a Favorite Scent

Many essential oils are valued for their ability to help promote calmness. Wearing a favorite scent on your wrist or a necklace can be a helpful way to refocus your senses and ground yourself if you tend to feel nervous about dental visits in general.

4. Schedule a Gap Around Your Visit

When scheduling a dental visit, it can make a big difference to leave some space in your schedule before and after the appointment. This way, you can take some time to feel prepared for your visit as well as to relax and feel refreshed afterwards before you return to work, school, or your next meeting.

5. Communicate with Your Dental Team

One of the most effective ways to make your dental visit more comfortable is to talk with your dentist about your concerns, expectations, and needs prior to (and throughout) your visit. It’s important for us to know how we can help make your visit easier and more enjoyable. We’re here for you and happy to help any way we can!

Call our office to make an appointment with a dentist who may be able to help you find out more about this topic, and improve your oral health.