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How to Dispel Dental Anxiety

Anxious Woman With a ToothacheOf course, we do what we can to make your visit with us as comfortable as possible. But there are also ways to help yourself deal with any anxiety you may have while anticipating treatment.

  • Positive self-talk. Tell yourself, “I can handle this well.” Make other positive self-statements, especially about tense situations similar to this with which you coped well.
  • Make positive statements about dental personnel. You’re in good hands. Remind yourself that the doctors and staff are highly qualified, well-trained, and “know what they are doing.”
  • Deep muscle relaxation. Relax your muscles by starting to focus on your forehead. Then picture relaxation flowing down and through your face and downward through the rest of the body. Breathe from your diaphragm by expanding your abdomen. Your navel should rise and fall slowly. Deep/slow breathing (Lamaze technique) calms the nervous system.
  • Distraction technique. Use mental, or “guided” imagery to visualize in detail an everyday task like dressing in the morning. For example, you are putting your blue sock onto your left foot, then the right, then you are putting on your brown shoes. Some people like to imagine that they are on the beach. These images take your mind off what is happening in the dental chair.
  • Focal point. Concentrate on a spot or fixed object. Stare at it and try to imagine your body floating toward that spot.
  • Listen to soothing music. A pair of earphones with your favorite relaxing songs can make a big difference.
  • Exercise beforehand. Twenty minutes of aerobic exercise gives you three hours of relaxation.

About Alan Limbird, DDS

Dr. Alan Limbird graduated from the University of California, San Francisco in 1983, in the top 10% of his class. He immediately entered into a residency at Loma Linda University in General Dental Practice. After completing his residency in 1984, he joined a dental practice in Ukiah which he owned and operated for 30 years. At Limbird Dentistry, Dr. Limbird offered his patients the highest quality treatment using state of the art dental technology to create beautiful smiles. Dr. Limbird sold his Ukiah practice in November 2014 and continues to work part-time with the new owners. In April 2017, Dr. Limbird joined Dr. James Hooper’s thriving dental practice in Fort Bragg. Dr. Limbird is excited to be offering dental services to his new patients on the coast. With the new Solea Dental Laser, he can offer an even higher level of care and technology than ever before. Dr. Limbird strives to stay on the cutting edge of dental technology. While working part-time for two years, he filled his free time by attending many dental education courses to fine tune his skills and learn new ones. Recent courses include: Oral Surgery, extractions, bone grafting, implant placement, implant restoration and extensive training with Dental Lasers. These skills will be put to good use in his Fort Bragg office since there are no dental specialists in the area. Dr. Limbird has been using Dental Lasers for over 20 years. Lasers have helped him to provide a higher level of service and excellence to his patients than was previously possible. His most recent technology purchase is the new Solea Carbon Dioxide Dental Laser. With this new laser, Dr. Limbird can prepare and place nearly all of your fillings comfortably and efficiently with NO SHOTS and NO PAIN! No longer do our patients need to fear going to the dentist. Dr. Limbird also has extensive training in Cosmetic Dentistry. He works with only the best dental laboratories and uses the highest quality materials to give you the best smile possible! Dr. Limbird and his wife, Laura, have always loved spending time on the Mendocino Coast. They now live in Mendocino full time and are pleased to be a part of the coastal community.

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