Teach the patient to pay attention to body sensations of support in the chair and to where their breath is moving through the easiest.

Ask them what the sensation is.

Give them a menu of options to help them identify the sensation. And invite them to notice that sensation: 

“Which part of your body is feeling supported by the chair right now?

  • Your feet?

  • Your bum?

  • Your back?

And what’s the sensation there?

  • Is it sinking?

  • Being held?

  • Warm?

Would it be ok to notice that?”

Give them a minute to notice the sensation.

Take the time

Take the time to do a simple practice with them before you start doing the dental work. That will be easier for them to do if you first practice it with them. It will help them be better regulated through the appointment and help manage the anxiety.

This also combines well with the ” Easiest Breath” tool:

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