Relaxing at Your Dental Appointment

As much as we would like to think differently, we know that not everyone looks forward to their trips to our Reading office. It’s common for patients to put off going to the dentist until a toothache or injury necessitates a visit. So how can we help turn things around and relieve some of your tension? With music, of course. Today we’re sharing the top 10 songs that may help you relax during your next dental appointment.

1. “Someone Like You” by Adele

We start off our list with a song whose tempo of 67 beats per minute can slow down heart rates and decrease blood pressure, which, in turn, reduces anxiety. Adele’s “Someone Like You” begins with a rueful repetitive pattern that quickly sets you up for a wistful longing mood. As it gets to the chorus, you’ll notice an increase in volume and the singer’s octave jumping up a note. Because of this harmony shift, the soundtrack effectively draws your interest and captures your attention.

2. “All of the Stars” by Ed Sheeran

It’s no secret that all of Ed Sheeran’s songs embody some romantic theme or other. But if we had to choose a track that will have you reaching for the tissues, “All of the Stars” would be it. This talented ginger-head will captivate you with his words of life and love, death and loss, pain and hope, hopefully minimizing your ability to feel any tension or anxiety during your dental appointment.

3. “We Can Work It Out” by Stevie Wonder

Like its title suggests, Stevie’s classic feel-good hit leaves you feeling like “We Can Work It Out.” Listening to this song will make you understand why it’s the best Beatle cover ever made … at least we think so. The rhythm, lead vocals, and background ad-libs (from Stevie himself) are a shining example of how music can help relieve anxiety and tension. Whether your visit to Dr. Sadeghi is for a crown or dental implant, Wonder’s cover may evoke a kind of relentless happiness that gets you through your dental appointment.

4. “Three Little Birds” by Bob Marley

Bob Marley pleads with us to be happy in this 80s soundtrack. Why? Because if the birds are still singing, everything will be all right. Every line in “Three Little Bird” assures listeners that all situations worthy of worry will eventually end, just like your dental procedure. It’s no surprise why this song is still a hit nearly 40 years after it was released.

5. “Strawberry Swing” by Coldplay

From the very beginning, this track elicits feelings of happiness. Coldplay uses the phrase “Strawberry Swing” as a metaphor for your imagination, a place where you can be yourself and be happy. Many who hear this song swear they can taste the fruity sweetness of strawberries, feel sand between their toes, or even hear the sound of the ocean. Wherever your happy place is, rest assured that once you put your oral health in Dr. Sadeghi’s hands, Coldplay’s lovely, upbeat track can take you there.

6. “Beautiful Beat” by Nada Surf

Nada Surf has a beautiful soundtrack that many claim has the power to lift us from the “mess” and “distress” of our lives. We understand that going to the dentist can be scary, and you may be struggling with anxiety. “Beautiful Beat” tells us that even though life can be hard sometimes, we can always figure out how to be happy … we just have to try. So as you’re getting fitted for braces or if your dental appointment is just a routine checkup, hearing this song may help you get out of the “It could be worse” mindset and relieve some of your tension.

7. “Weightless” by Marconi Union

So what’s the best song to relieve anxiety and tension? A team of neuroscientists did a sound therapy study that revealed that “Weightless” from Marconi Union had a 65% success rate in producing a general sense of relaxation. There we have it, folks: a scientifically proven melody to take the edge off any situation, like your next dental appointment to your favorite family dentist.

8. “Breathe Me” by Sia

Similar to “Beautiful Beat,” this song from Sia also reminds us of our past struggles and how we have the strength to face anything. It’s a beautiful and life-affirming track, despite it being associated with sadness and loss in several movies and TV shows. If sitting on Dr. Sadeghi’s chair makes you tense up or squirm, listening to someone else’s struggles may just be the distraction you need to go forth despite your fears. After all, as Sia puts it, “I have been here many times before.”

9. “I Giorni” by Ludovico Einaudi

This is a great song to get you in the zone, so to speak. We can’t decide if the track is beautiful because it’s so melancholy or sad because it’s so beautiful. What we can agree on is how soothing the repetitive motifs and steady tempo are. Ludovico intersperses joy and sadness into his song, effectively drawing listeners from the real world into a dreamlike state, evoking images of blind people feeling their way or long-lost lovers finally reuniting. It’s a great piece to divert your attention from what’s happening around you.

10. “Smile” by Lily Allen

Our list of songs for your dental appointment playlist would be incomplete without at least one tooth reference. And there’s no better song to include than Lily Allen’s aptly named track: “Smile.” It may be a breakup song, but it does a pretty good job of raising our spirits. The series of “la, la, la” ad-libs that fill the space between each stanza and the chorus give it a catchy beat one can’t help but listen to, giving you a great distraction from all the goings-on in the dental office. As a bonus, after your dental appointment, you can sing along to this song as you flash your dazzling new smile.

Calm your nerves with these soothing tunes.

Feelings of anxiety occur when we are not sure what’s going to happen or when we feel threatened. Before your dental appointment, do a little research on what to expect (Hint: the blog section of First Dental Associates has many helpful articles on several common dental treatments). Going through our testimonials from other patients can also reaffirm your decision of entrusting your oral health to Dr. Sadeghi and her associates’ capable, experienced hands.