Sometimes people get freaked out about going to the dentist. It happens. Some folks have had a bad experience, either as a child or a younger adult, that makes them fearful. Other people have never had a bad experience, but they still have elevated levels of stress and anxiety when they go to the dentist. Researchers have long known that reduced anxiety results in better patient outcomes: people feel less pain and they heal faster when they’re calm and relaxed during dental care.
There are a number of ways to reduce anxiety. People have been known to try to calm themselves with meditation, yoga, and other techniques. It takes time and training to master these methods. Another option is to go to your South Shore sedation dentist. In sedation dentistry, a dentist uses medication to help an anxious patient become calm. Because every person is different, there are a number of sedation dentistry options. Your South Shore dentist will help you choose the one that is right for you. It’s important to understand that you have choices: it is not necessary to be completely knocked out to have a pain-free, stress-free dental treatment.
When people have experienced sedation dentistry for themselves, and they know they can have an anxiety-free experience, they choose to see the dentist more often. Being able to have pain-free cleanings and address any dental health issues promptly is essential to the long-term health of your smile. There are choices you can make now that will really help you have strong, healthy teeth later. Sedation dentistry can help you have a better smile now – and thirty years from now!
If you have questions about sedation dentistry, call. Every person’s health situation is unique, and we understand you may have concerns. We’ve found that a consultation geared toward preparing you for an exam can help bring anxiety levels down too – call us and find out for yourself!