The dentist’s office is a nerve-wracking place for many. There are strange noises, funny smells, strange-looking instruments, and, of course, the potential for a painful procedure. The feeling of loss of control can cause extreme anxiety. Options such as sedation dentistry are available, however are not attractive for those who prefer to avoid medications.
Keep communication open with your dentist. Be clear about when you are uncomfortable. Create a signal so you can let them know when you are anxious. Just by being open and honest with your dentist about your worries and concerns and openly talking with them about what can be expected from a procedure can go a long way towards improving the overall experience.
Weighted blankets for the dentist
Weighted blankets for the dentist provide what is known as deep-pressure touch stimulation. According to Temple Grandin, Ph.D., “Deep touch pressure is the type of surface pressure that is exerted in most types of firm touching, holding, stroking, petting of animals, or swaddling. [sic] Occupational therapists have observed that a very light touch alerts the nervous system, but deep pressure is relaxing and calming.”
For those who feel safe and relaxed when a heavy x-ray bib is draped upon them, a weighted blanket for the dentist might be an opportunity to alleviate apprehension. Weighted blankets provide a feeling of comfort and security, and can be used in many situations. First and foremost, they encourage relaxation by implementing constant, even pressure, which stimulates the production of serotonin. This, in turn, decreases heart rates and reduces blood pressure. The familiarity of your cuddly, custom weighted blanket, which we can craft from your favourite fabric or from one of our many choices, can also bring on a feeling of calmness and security.
Hippo Sit weighted lap pads
The Hippo Sit weighted lap pads were designed to travel. Their smaller size makes them ideal for dentist and doctor’s offices, classrooms and anywhere else. They can be made with a pocket if you choose, which allows you to carry your books and electronics, or can simply be a warm place to put your hands. They can be placed exactly where you need them, making them perfect for those with fidgety legs.
More ways to manage your trip to the dentist
WebMD states that between 9% and 20% of Americans avoid going to the dentist entirely because of nervousness and anxiety. Skipping trips to the dentist can have extremely negative affects on health. Without regular cleanings and check-ups you run the risk of expensive and extensive work having to be done in the future. You also risk losing your beautiful smile, which is a major part of may people’s self-esteem. Regular trips to the dentist can stave off problems like gum disease, tooth decay, and oral cancer. Your dentist is also able to spot issues such as diabetes, and ulcers and cysts in the mouth.
The article “7 ways to manage your anxiety about going to the dentist” provides these additional tips for making your experience at the dentist a positive one.
- Again, make sure you are open and honest with your dentist about your fears so they can adapt your treatment accordingly.
- Focus on your breathing. Many begin to panic when instruments are placed in their mouth: breathe slowly in through your nose and out through your mouth to help reduce stress.
- Listen to your favourite music. Bring along headphones and plug in, but just don’t turn up the volume so loud that you can’t hear what your dentist is saying.
- Don’t drink caffeine or eat sugary foods before a trip to the dentist, both of which can increase agitation. High-protein foods such as dairy products and eggs can help induce a feeling of calm.
- Pick an appointment time that is easy for you to make. Try not to schedule your visit in the middle of a busy day so you are rushed getting there. An early morning time works well for the majority of people.
- If you aren’t happy with your dentist, switch! Ask friends and family about their experiences and shop around.
And, of course, a weighted blanket for the dentist’s office is one more way to manage your anxiety.
Let us Help You Choose Your Weighted Blanket
Hippo Hug weighted blankets use a unique and proprietary weighting system involving specially designed disks so the blanket has a low profile and looks just like a regular quilt. We use ceramic-coated metal disks instead of plastic pellets or glass beads, which will not shift or spill, making your blanket last longer.
Choosing the right size and weight of your blanket is personal, and we can help. Most research indicates that from 5 to 15% of your body weight is the ideal range for a weighted blanket. We have several different types of blankets in stock if you would like to borrow one to try out. We want to make sure you get the perfect blanket for you and have expert staff ready to help you get the right weighted blanket. Contact us for more information!