“I’ve been using tooth whitening toothpaste at home, but honestly, I’m not too impressed with the results,” Ursula said. “I’d like my smile to look a lot brighter, especially since I’m getting married this summer. But I’m nervous about going to the dentist, because I just have no pain tolerance at all. Can cosmetic dentistry be painless?”
One of the best things about dentistry today is the wide range of pain control methods that are available. Sedation dentistry is available at our Quincy dental practice for patients seeking cosmetic dentistry as well as for routine dental health care. We’re big advocates of sedation dentistry for cosmetic procedures for two reasons. The first is that patients who know they can experience a pain free procedure are more likely to have the care they need and achieve their aesthetic goals. We want our patients to be happy with their appearance!
The second reason is that patients who experience less anxiety and pain have better outcomes and faster recoveries. Some cosmetic dentistry procedures, like tooth whitening, aren’t likely to cause much pain to begin with. Patients often return to their busy lives directly after treatment without any need for recovery time. More intensive procedures, such as dental implants – used to replace missing teeth – or tooth contouring – used to reshape jagged, chipped, or uneven teeth – are easier for patients to tolerate when numbing or sedating medications are used. Recovery periods vary from patient to patient, but are exponentially faster when pain free dentistry best practices are followed.
Pain is a very personal thing. Everybody reacts to stimuli differently. Additionally, the way you feel pain can be impacted by other health conditions you have, and the way those conditions are managed. For this reason, our Quincy dental practice creates an individual pain management plan for each patient, tailored to deliver a painless treatment experience. We’d be happy to talk to you about this at any time. If you have questions, just give us a call or stop in the office.