Having a cup of tea can be calming for youIf you find yourself being affected by dental anxiety, there are a lot of ways you can combat this feeling, so you can relax and get the general dentistry care you need and the cosmetic dentistry procedures you desire.

One good way to start is by trying to incorporate relaxing foods and beverages into your diet to see if it helps.

Tea

Tea is a great relaxer. Green and black tea both contain caffeine, which can increase stress, but at lower levels than coffee and sodas. In addition, tea has a lot of relaxing benefits. First, it contains L-Theanine, which is a relaxant that has even been proposed to help treat anxiety in schizophrenia patients. And tea comes with a relaxing ritual. Boil the kettle. Pour the water, brew the tea.

Apple

Studies have shown that the scent of apples can specifically reduce dental anxiety. So you might think that all you have to do is cut them open to enjoy the benefits, but apples are also great for dental health. Finishing your meal with an apple will help clean your teeth and will make for better results at your checkups–and what can reduce dental anxiety more than that?

Asparagus

Folic acid deficiencies are associated with depression and anxiety. You can make sure you’re getting enough of this nutrient by adding folate-rich asparagus to your diet. Other great candidates are broccoli, lentils, and spinach.

Walnuts

Walnuts contain a lot of positive mood-boosters, including selenium, magnesium, and omega-3 acids that boost the production of serotonin. They’re also a great crunchy snack with high protein that can keep you from reaching for carb-crash-inducing chips and pretzels.

Chocolate

Speaking of serotonin, few foods boost serotonin like chocolate. Remember, though, that you want to eat dark chocolate, which will give you more of the stimulating cocoa beans and less in the way of fillers and sugars.

Still Anxious?

Stress-reducing foods are good enough to help many people combat their dental anxiety, but not everyone benefits enough to get the dental care they need or desire. If you find that your attempts at relaxation just aren’t enough, we can help. Sedation dentistry can help you overcome dental anxiety so you can have a more comfortable dental visit.

To learn more about sedation dentistry in Orlando and surrounding areas, please call (407) 834-6446 for an appointment at the office of sedation dentist Dr. Michael L. Weinstock.