Is Pain Free Dentistry Possible?
If you have a fear of dentists, bad teeth, or just feel uneasy about letting someone else look around inside of your mouth, you should know that all of these feelings are completely normal. Although dental phobia definitions varies from patient to patient, dental anxiety is very real. Some people…
- Avoid or delay dental care, causing conditions to worsen or become more expensive to treat
- Feel embarrassed about their fear of the dentist
- Hide their smile because they’re ashamed of the way their teeth look
- Had a previous experience that was negative, and fear that a new dentist won’t understand or be willing to help them
Fortunately, when it comes to “dental phobia,” dentists have more options than ever before in regard to making your experience one that’s simple and something that you can look forward to.
What is dental anxiety? Any level of nervousness that prevents you from seeking out care or causes you to feel afraid when visiting the dentist.
Looking for Dental Anxiety Treatment Options?
Depending on your level of comfort and anxiety, there are different options to choose from when it comes to relieving dental phobia. Here at Luminous Dentistry on the Central Coast, our service offers a number of options for
Here are just a few to consider:
Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas)
This safe and gentle inhalant creates a calming sensation from head to toe. You may feel as if you’re floating or have a slight tingle in your hands and feet. Nitrous allows you to remain fully conscious during your procedure, but be less sensitive to things such as fillings or local numbing medication. Laughing gas wears off very quickly, so it’s perfectly safe for you to drive yourself home or back to work following the treatment.
Conscious Oral Sedation
A combination of anti-anxiety medications act as a sedative to help you enter a daydream-like state, where you’re semi-conscious yet feel as if you’re taking a light nap. It starts by taking one or two small pills about an hour before your procedure. Gradually, you become very sleep but are still “awake” enough to respond to simple questions.
Oral sedation typically results a limited amnesic effect, so you may not remember the appointment at all! The drowsiness lasts a few to several hours before the medication fully wears off. Due to the nature of the appointment, you’ll need to have a friend or family member escort you to and from our office.
Can you still be put to sleep at the dentist? Yes! In fact, our office does provide certain types of treatments under general anaesthesia, so that you can essentially “nap” right through your appointment. With IV sedation, you’re able to achieve a safe, deep level of relaxation that accommodates larger surgeries, lengthy procedures, or multiple treatments being performed during the same appointment.
As soon as the procedure is over, the medication drip is turned off and you gradually regain the sense of your surroundings. However, you will likely feel groggy for a few hours afterward and will need to have someone accompany you to and from this appointment.
I’m Getting My First Filling – Do Dental Injections Hurt?
If you’ve never been numbed for a dental procedure, it’s natural to wonder whether or not it will be uncomfortable when it’s time for the local anaesthetic to be injected.
Fortunately, we can apply a bit of numbing jelly to your skin before the injection, so that the shot is more comfortable (or not even felt at all!) In many situations it’s common to not notice the small pinch of the medication being administered, because the tissue already feels numb. But once the anaesthetic sets in, it can last for up to 3-4 hours. That’s why we prefer to only work on one area of your mouth at a time; the last thing you want is to have your entire mouth feel numb for the rest of the afternoon!
Tips to overcome your dental phobia or anxiety
- Schedule your appointment first thing in the morning, when you’re well reste
- Eat a light meal, so that there’s only a small amount of food in your stomach
- Talk to us beforehand about previous experiences that you’ve had, or steps we can take to help you feel more comfortable
- Bring a list of all current medications, so that we can discuss whether you qualify for sedation (and which type)
Pain-Free Dentist on the Central Coast
Looking for a pain free dentist? Here are some ways to make sure your next dental visit is as low-key as possible:
At Luminous Dentistry on the Central Coast, we take added steps to help our patients learn to deal with dental anxiety in a comfortable and stress-free environment. We want your experience with us to be one that helps you feel confident about your oral health care for years to come! Contact us today to schedule your first appointment.