Tara lives in Quincy, MA, and she has a problem. “There’s definitely something going on with my teeth that’s not good,” she said. “I have some pretty steady pain, with times when it spikes up to being pretty unbearable. Obviously I need to go to the dentist.” Tara’s hesitant to visit a dentist for two reasons. “Like a lot of people, I’m anxious about seeing the dentist. The second reason is related to the first – I haven’t actually been to the dentist since I was a kid. I’m dreading hearing what they’re going to say to me about that!”
At our Quincy dental practice, our number one top priority is our patient’s health and happiness. Dental care is essential. We understand that life happens and that years, even decades, can go by between dental visits. Our team knows we can’t change what happened: we can only focus on what we can do right now to make you feel better. That’s where we focus our energies. We will never lecture, shame, or give you a hard time because you haven’t been to the dentist in a while.
Let’s talk about anxiety and dental care. We know, and research confirms, that patients who have less anxiety about their dental care have better outcomes: they experience less pain, recover faster, and report being more pleased with their treatment. For that reason, we offer sedation dentistry. Sedation dentistry involves using prescription medication that reduces anxiety prior to and during dental treatment. You don’t have to be 100% knocked out – many sedation dentistry options make it so you’re not fully aware of what’s going on, yet remain conscious throughout.
If you have a toothache, pain in the jaw, or know you need dental care, but have been postponing your visit to the Quincy dentist because you’re anxious, give us a call. We’ll be happy to answer all of our questions, and you’ll see that no one is going to give you a hard time about anything. We’re here to help you feel better – that’s job #1.