Do You Suffer From a Dental Fear, Dental Phobia or Anxiety? Sedation Dentistry is a Dream Come True
We know that visiting the dentist can be scary for many people. Whether you’ve had a bad experience in the past, are embarrassed about the condition of your teeth or simply close contact with dentists or hygienists causes anxiety, sedation dentistry is the perfect way to put your dental fear at ease and make your visit as pleasant and as anxiety-free as possible. A member of the DOCS Sedation Care network, Dr. Smith’s practice provides oral conscious sedation, relaxation techniques and nitrous oxide and has received certifications and training as well as facility licenses and permits to provide this wonderful service to Dental Health and Wellness Boston patients.
Why is it so important to overcome your dental phobia? When you delay dental care, your risk of serious dental issues including gum disease increases dramatically. Without regular cleanings, harmful bacteria can build up. Studies have shown, there is a systemic connection between oral health and overall health and poor oral health can lead to severe medical issues including heart conditions like heart disease and exacerbate other conditions like diabetes.
At Dental Health and Wellness Boston, helping a patient overcome his or dental phobia is a passion of Dr. Smith’s. We offer anxiety reduction and sedation dentistry techniques to make your dental visit comfortable, and we discuss in detail, our plans for your dental care before any treatment begins. Creating a trusting relationship with our patients is key to providing the best dental care possible, with personalized plans to address any concerns and minimize dental fears that may have hindered oral health in the past.
What should you expect when undergoing sedation dentistry? Before sedation dentistry is recommended, Dr. Smith extensively reviews existing medical conditions and medications of each patient. Once cleared for sedation care, we recommend the following preparation and post-visit steps:
- Avoid eating or drinking for six hours prior to your appointment
- Arrange transportation from a friend, family member, companion etc. to escort you to and from treatment
- Once you return home from treatment, take the day off to rest
- Do not drive or operate heavy machinery for 24 hours
- Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of liquids