Being nervous at the dental office isn’t as uncommon as you might think. Anxiety related to dental care is an everyday occurrence that your dentist understands. Even some dental professionals feel a little nervous when it’s time to have a procedure done! Here are some tips to help you stay as comfortable as possible during your dental visit:
Ask for Laughing Gas
Nitrous oxide is a perfect way to relax through your dental appointment. You can even request it if you’re having a simple procedure like a routine cleaning. The gas is inhaled through a soft nosepiece that is worn during the treatments, and it helps relax the patient within just a few minutes. You can even go right back to work after your visit!
Schedule Appointments First Thing in The Morning
Having an earlier appointment helps prevent stress and anxiety that build up all day while you’re waiting for a dental appointment. If you don’t like going to the dentist in general, going first thing in the day and “getting it over with” can help tremendously, especially for young children.
Check Out Other Sedation Options
Other sedation dentistry alternatives may be an option that your dentist offers. For example, oral sedation can make someone feel like they’re taking a nap, and the effects last for 4 or 5 hours at a time. This makes for a perfect opportunity to catch up on all of your dental needs at one time.
Feel free to communicate your needs to your dentist and their team. Doing this helps them to offer more personalized care, especially if they don’t know you’re nervous.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Michael Juban, Juban Dental Care
For years dentists have been advertising “painless dentistry” and “pain free dental care” but most dental patients believe that almost any dental procedure will involve some amount of pain or discomfort. Some patients are so fearful of pain during dental care that they avoid going to the dentist completely. The irony is that because they avoid going to the dentist at all costs, these unfortunate people usually end up with dental problems that are far more painful than any dental treatment.
So the question is whether painless dentistry is even possible. The answer is that not only is painless dentistry possible, it should be the norm. Today’s dentist has a wide array of techniques at their disposal to make any dental procedure virtually pain free.
With the proper technique, injectable anesthetics should completely numb the area to be worked on. Most people experience some pain and discomfort with the injection itself, but done properly and patiently the injection should be painless too. Pain from the injection of the anesthetic can be minimized or eliminated by applying a topical anesthetic prior to the injection and injecting the anesthetic slowly.
For particularly sensitive or anxious patients, sedation dentistry can provide a level of sedation to match the patient’s anxiety level. Sedation dentistry not only relaxes patients, but it also provides an additional pain numbing effect. Also, most patients who receive dental care under conscious sedation have little or no memory of the procedure, further reducing any perception of pain.
Some dental procedures will result in a brief period of post-operative pain and discomfort. Your dentist can prescribe oral medication to manage the pain or you may be able to control it with over the counter painkillers. For the best effect, be sure to start taking your medication before the numbness wears off.
How would you like to sleep through your next dental procedure? Whether you need a filling, a tooth removed, a root canal or other dental treatment, dental patients no longer have to endure tense, uncomfortable dental procedures. Sedation dentistry delivers on the promise of stress free, painless dentistry.
With sedation dentistry, the patient is given oral or intravenous sedatives that induce a comfortable, drowsy, dream-like state. The patient is completely relaxed and when combined with local anesthetic, the patient experiences little or no pain or discomfort.
Many patients are so relaxed that they fall asleep during the procedure. However, the patient is conscious throughout the procedure and can be awoken to respond to commands and to answer questions.
In addition to relieving anxiety and pain, another advantage of sedation dentistry is that most patients have no recollection of the dental procedure. From the patient’s perspective, the procedure seems to have only taken a few minutes when in fact it may have taken hours.
Sedation dentistry is safe for most patients and is an excellent choice for patients suffering from dental anxiety, severe gag reflex, difficulty getting numb with anesthetics, allergic to novocaine, or who need extensive dental treatment.
If you fall into any of these categories or just want to have a comfortable, stress free, painless dental experience, talk to your dentist about sedation dentistry. No dental patient should have to suffer through an uncomfortable dental procedure or struggle to control dental anxiety. Sedation dentistry is a safe, comfortable alternative to traditional dental techniques.
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