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FACT: You Should Feel Comfortable with Your Dentist

Not many of us look forward to going to the dentist, but it shouldn’t be a miserable experience. “We’re working on living tissue while you’re sitting there in the chair awake,” says Malterud. “As dentists, we must be sensitive to your feelings and any preconceived issues you may bring to that chair.” In order to feel more control over the situation, bring some music, do deep breathing exercises and use hand signals to tell your dentist if you’re uncomfortable. If you’re nervous, let your dentist know before he starts the exam. If necessary, get recommendations from family and friends to find a new dentist with whom you’re more at ease.

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