Are you afraid of the dentist? Please let the staff know. Tell the receptionist, the assistant, the hygienist, and especially the dentist. We can help you take care of your teeth and deal effectively with your fears.  Find music you like and headphones to bring to the office. Practice breathing techniques. Breathe in for a count of 5, hold, breathe out for a count of 5 and repeat 5 times. Your heart rate should decrease and you will feel calmer. Visualize a place that feels peaceful to you and keep returning to it when your mind wanders. If you like to know exactly what is happening and when, tell the staff. If you prefer to close your eyes and go to your quiet peaceful place, tell the staff.  Keep the dental team aware of how you are doing, so each visit keeps you coming back for check-ups instead of emergencies.  Call Dr. Hutchins with any questions 970-242-7373.