How to relax before your dentist appointment

Fear of the dentist is very common, and nothing to feel embarrassed about.  If you're nervous, here are a few handy tips on how to relax before your dentist appointment, so that you feel calmer before you even reach us.  And once you do arrive at Clinic 95, you'll be in such a relaxing environment, any residual tension should just ease away.

Deep breathing exercise

Sit somewhere quiet, where you won't be disturbed, and certainly turn your phone off. 
Sit in a relaxed posture, with your back reasonably straight, and both your feet flat on the floor (don't cross your legs). 
Ensure that your shoulders are relaxed and that you're not holding any tension in your face.
Become aware of your breathing and slow it down a little so you breathing deeply.

  • Breathe in for a count of 4
  • Hold for a count of 7
  • Breathe out for a count of 8.

On the last few beats of the 8 count, really push all your breath out as much as you can.  Then repeat the exercise for one minute.  You should feel calmer and a little steadier.

Mist sprays

Why not try making a beautiful home-made mist spray that will ease away anxiety? 

By making these at home, you can find a scent combination that truly works for you (they make fabulous gifts, too).  Each of the individual elements can be bought online for a few pounds and since you'll be making up a reasonably-sized bottle of scent, it'll last for ages.

The basics you'll need are:-

  • A sterilised glass bottle with a tight fitting lid that will hold up to 500ml (1 pint) of fluid
  • A small (500ml) bottle of distilled water (make sure to buy distilled rather than just de-ionised water)
  • A base oil or water of choice
  • Essential oil of choice
  • Small glass or plastic bottle with a mist spray top

Now just choose what scent you'd like to make.

Relaxing facial mist with rose and witch hazel

Fill your large glass bottle roughly half full with distilled water.  Carefully add

  • 50ml rose water
  • 50ml witch hazel

Securely cap the bottle and give it a gentle shake to combine the scent.  Then adjust according to your own preference by adding a little more rose or witch hazel.

Keep the bottle in a cool, dark place and as necessary decant a small amount into the sterilised mister bottle.
Use the mist on your face and pulse points for a gorgeous, calming sensation.   You can also use it as a room scent or give the interior of your car a quick spray before you set out for your appointment.

Cooler spray with cucumber and aloe

If nerves make you feel uncomfortably hot under the collar, then try a cooling spray.
Fill your glass storage jar or bottle about half way with distilled water. Add

  • 30 drops cucumber seed oil
  • 50ml Aloe Vera oil

Adjust the amount of cucumber seed oil to your own liking.  As well as cooling you down, this is absolutely brilliant if you catch the sun and need to quickly cool your skin.

The ingredients of this one might separate a little, so always give it a gentle shake before using.

Both of our homemade remedies use ingredients that are safe to put on the face, and on children.  Not all essential oils are, so be sure to check first if you're thinking about coming up with your own recipes.

Feeling calmer?

Now, regardless of which of our relaxation techniques you use, you should arrive at your appointment feeling calm.  And you'll find a lovely tranquil atmosphere once you arrive with us here at Clinic 95.