Ask the patient if they already have tools to help them manage the anxiety. That will help them remember to use their tools.

If they don’t have any, take the time to teach them some strategies.

There are some easy ways to help the patient be better regulated. That will decrease the amount of bracing in their body and decrease the discomfort experienced throughout the appointment.

As a result, it will also create more space in their mouth for you to work.

Once you’ve had this conversation, invite the patient to sit in the treatment chair. Ask them if they are ready before you place them in a supine position in the chair.

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