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Plan for the expense of the dentist to alleviate some anxiety
- Brush twice a day (preferably 3 times, after each meal), floss, and use mouthwash. The good kind. BRAND NAME. Often, if you match sales and coupons, you can get this for free, or very low price. Stock up. It’s less expensive than generic!
- Make sure your brushing long enough. I have my kids sing songs to each other while they brush. They don’t stop until their song is over. Adults can sing in your head while your brushing away.
- If you don’t have enough $$ to put in a savings acct and avoid the service fee, get an envelope. Put $10 a paycheck into it (pick your own number). If you have dental insurance, your cleaning is likely covered. If not, get estimates on the cost of the service. If it is $100 and you get paid weekly, save $20 a week, and you can go in 5 weeks. Once you have the money, make the appointment and go. Many dentists will accept a reduced payment if you pay upfront with cash, just ask. Others offer financing for work that needs to be done immediately, or you can get a written estimate and set a goal to save until you can pay. Avoiding visits doesn’t solve the problem, they usually get worse with time, so the longer we wait to get it done, the more expensive it’ll be.
- Ask for a sedative, or other medication to help you relax during your visit. Some dentists will now give you nitrous oxide for a cleaning, if you need it.
- Many dental problems can be treated, with regular cleanings and maintenance. Going to the dentist needs to be on your NEED list. Teeth are essential. If we don’t care for them, they can fall out. Dentures are expensive. Save yourself a ton of money, budget for dental visits.
What tips to do you have to diminish dental related anxiety?