Do you dread the very idea of having a filling placed?
If so, you’re in good company! But if you are in need of a filling to stop the advance of decay and preserve your tooth, how can you make the experience as tolerable as possible?
Communicate Clearly with Your Dentist
Simply talking through the procedure in advance can help put your mind at ease. Ask your dentist about other successful treatments completed in the office. Ask how you can safely communicate your needs and concerns during the procedure.
Don’t Put Off Treatment!
If your dentist advises you to have a filling placed, try not to put it off! The longer you wait, the more likely it is that your cavity will grow and pose a larger threat. If the dentist has to remove a large cavity, then chances are good that a crown will be needed instead of a simple filling.
Do yourself a favor and get that little filling out of the way before it causes you a lot more stress!
Schedule When You Want
Scheduling a dental procedure at a time when you will feel relaxed and unhurried is a good idea. Pick a time of day when you feel the most calm.
Sedation and Anesthesia
Virtually all dental fillings have to be performed with some kind of local anesthetic. You could also avail yourself of mild sedation options that are offered in your area. A prescription for oral sedation or laughing gas could help you to really relax during treatment.
Contact your local dentist to find out what techniques and services are available in the office to make each and every dental filling experience an easy one!
Posted on behalf of:
Avalon Dental Group P.C.
2205 Williams Trace Blvd #108
Sugar Land, TX 77478
Have you ever heard of “The Wand?” It’s a revolutionary new way for dentists to anesthetize their patients for their fillings, crowns, root canals, and other dental procedures. One of the biggest benefits is that it makes the administration of local anesthesia much more comfortable than a traditional injection. What a lot of people think is painful during anesthetic administration isn’t the actual penetration of the “shot”; it’s the ability to aspirate the medication gently into the patient’s tissues.
The Wand is a computerized anesthesia delivery system that aspirates medication in an almost completely painless way. The pen-like piece of equipment has an extremely small needle…. in fact, it’s one of the smallest needles that can be used for local anesthetic. As the computer slowly distributes the medication, there is less discomfort and inflammation at the injection site. A “pain free” injection is almost completely assured! This reduces both anxiety on the patient, as well as pressure on the dentist for a gentle injection.
Anesthetic results from The Wand are only effective in the area immediately around the application. That means there are no numb lips, cheeks, or tongue for hours after your treatment. Patients receive immediate results, without the annoying discomfort of full anesthetic blocks for the rest of the day.
The Wand can be used for a large number of dental treatments, but not all. You’ll need to discuss your anesthesia options with your dentist at the time of your treatment plan to find out if The Wand is an option for you. If you’ve put that filling off, don’t wait any longer. Enjoy a painless, fast, no-hassle way to stay comfortable during your next dental visit.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Joyce Ma, Prime Dental Care
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