Dentistry doesn’t have to hurt. I know – for some people just the mention of the word, “filling” or the glint of a small mirror causes them to reach for their jaw and wince with imagined pain.
However, at my practice, I have found ways to help reduce the pain and anxiety that some people feel so acutely at the dentist.
First of all, if you are one of those people that hasn’t seen a dentist in 15 years because they were afraid, or you have a family member that fits this description, I want to let you know that I understand, and – it probably isn’t as bad as one thinks. I know how it is when we put off something we know should be done – the task seems bigger and bigger. Whenever I put off the laundry (not that I ever do that..), after a few days, I can barely stand looking in the laundry room because I’m quite sure the piles and piles of unwashed clothes will leap out and smother me. But – when I do look them over, it’s not all that bad. It just took looking.
More than likely, the same is going on with your teeth (or your family members teeth). Oh, there’s probably some work to do – but trust me, it’s not as bad as one thinks. We just need to have a look.
So – what actions do we take at our practice to reduce pain and anxiety?
We carefully explain every procedure before we do it. Patients will not be left in the dark to wonder why I’m using a certain tool or what I’m looking for.
We use the latest dental equipment. Patients arebe amazed at the advances in equipment. We even use lasers for some procedures!
We offer conscious sedation dentistry. This is the ultimate address for worries about dentistry. With conscious sedation dentistry, the patient, while awake, becomes completely relaxed and comfortable. In many cases, they may not even remember the visit – certainly not very stressful!
To find out more about sedation dentistry, click here.