Our busy lifestyles, unemployment, or even where we live can keep us from getting access to dental care. Unfortunately, anxiety or fear of the dentist may keep more people away from the dental office than any of the other reasons previously mentioned. Thanks to the approach of gentle dentistry and anxiety options, most patients no longer have to worry about this.
Thankfully, there are lots of ways to help you manage moderate to severe anxiety related to dental care. From just adding nitrous oxide (laughing gas) to a cleaning appointment, to taking a prescription sedative for your treatment procedure, there’s something that is just right for everyone. Light oral conscious sedation dentistry is one of the most popular ways that patients can “sleep” through their dental treatment and have all of it completed in a single appointment.
This medication is taken about an hour prior to their scheduled treatment and lasts for around 4 hours, so it is necessary to have someone drive you to and from your appointment. The growing need for services such as these mean that you can access them fairly easily, and don’t have to worry about being judged or made fun of just because you’re slightly nervous about dental treatment.
The first step is getting yourself back into a dental office. Most people assume that their teeth are worse off than they actually are. While that is sometimes the case, the majority of people will still have moderately healthy teeth with only some localized problem areas. The earlier you seek out a dentist that can address your anxiety needs, the sooner you can have a healthy, disease-free mouth!
Posted on behalf of Dr. Mitul Patel
The approach to dentistry has changed significantly over the past several decades. What was once a painful necessity has become a comfortable preventive program that keeps dental patients smiling years longer than ever before. Unfortunately, many people still remember a negative experience with an old dentist, or simply fear going to the dentist at all. A gentle, patient-driven approach to dental care can be just what these patients are looking for.
What is gentle dentistry? Gentle dentistry is a dentist and team that is focused on the emotional needs of the patient just as much as the oral health needs. A patient-centered approach that listens to each person’s concern, addresses areas of anxiety, and prevents discomfort can change a person’s perspective of their dental care. From creating a relaxed environment to offering effective relaxation techniques, gentle dentistry changes the way modern dental care is offered. Patients that use gentle dentistry offices can actually look forward to their visit to the dentist.
What should you expect from a gentle dentistry office? For one, a team that will engage you one-on-one and offer services such as nitrous oxide or oral sedation dentistry to help you feel relaxed during your appointment. Sedation appointments allow patients to complete all of their treatment in just one appointment, instead of several different ones. Gentle dental teams are driven to provide a dynamic of dental care will not judge or hold grudges against patients that need an extra bit of TLC. Instead, those patients will actually feel as if they’re being treated as if they were an actual member of the dentist’s family. If you feel uncomfortable getting the care you deserve, then it’s time to try a gentle dentist!
Posted on behalf of Dan Myers
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