Perhaps you have not been to the dentist in a long time because you are afraid of the pain, or perhaps you have a child who needs to have some dental work and is anxious. There is no need for any patient to be afraid to go the dentist any longer as there are several ways to help control pain and anxiety when at the dentist.
There are quite a few ways to help provide a more comfortable dental visit. The first step in making sure that you are comfortable is to speak to your dentist about your concerns and anxieties. Dentists receive special training in helping clients reduce their pain and anxiety and are willing to listen to you and help make your procedures more comfortable.
When you speak to your dentist about your concerns about the dental procedure, be sure to share with him any previous problems with sedation or anesthesia that you may have had, as well as any allergies you have. If you are considering anesthesia for you or your child, there are several questions you should ask your dentist.
Start by asking about the procedure itself, and who will evaluate the anesthesia during the dental procedure. It is important to know that you will be closely monitored during the procedure.
If you are receiving anesthesia, you also need to know how long after sedation before you can eat or drink again. You don’t want to cause any damage, and some types of sedation can cause you to choke if they have not fully worn off before you drink. Find out if you can drive yourself home, or if someone will be needed to drive you home.
After the procedure, you or your child may have some pain. Find out what type of medications can be taken for pain relief after and how to take them. Also ask if you can take over the counter medications with any prescription medications given to you in case pain becomes severe.
Never be afraid to go to the dentist because of pain. Dentists safely perform thousands of procedures each year, and with a little planning, no dental procedure should ever hurt.
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