As dental associations began polling Americans about various dental topics, dentists were given the full view of just how prevalent dental anxiety is. Feelings of fear tied to dental treatment affect three out of four adults. Some nervous patients experience fluttering butterflies before a dental appointment, where others cannot face stepping into a dental office, even when they understand the importance of professional dental care.
Dr. Levenson and our team of compassionate dental providers believe that our patients deserve to feel comfortable in our office. We are one of the few in the area to offer sedation dentistry to help make dental treatment a more positive experience. If you want to enjoy painless, stress-free treatment, work with skilled sedation dentist in Worcester, MA, Dr. Stanley Levenson.
There are a number of benefits that come from the use of sedatives in dental treatment. Whether it is nitrous oxide that is breathed, or an oral sedative taken well before you reach our office, your experience is improved with:
- Greater comfort, both physical and emotional. On the physical side, it has been discovered that many sedatives are also capable of blocking pain. Furthermore, sedatives can be ideal for patients who have conditions that limit their range of motion. A sedative relaxes the mind and the muscles, making dental care a far more pleasant experience.
- Relief from fear and anxiety is the primary benefit of sedation dentistry. Polls suggest that approximately ten percent of those needing dental care will put off seeing the dentist, sometimes for many years, due to fear. A sedative taken well before a dental appointment significantly reduces anxiety, to the point of allowing the patient to walk confidently into our office for his or her dental visit.
- Memory loss is not something we may normally desire. When it comes to dental care for an anxious patient, however, this can be a true benefit. When oral conscious sedation is a part of treatment, patients find that they have no recollection of the treatment they received, a point that can make it even easier to continue with recommended dental care.
- A calmed gag reflex is possible with sedation. Some people feel uncomfortable undergoing dental care not because of a past experience, but because the gag reflex is so strong they have difficulty even brushing their own teeth. If you have a strong gag reflex that makes dental treatment uncomfortable or embarrassing, sedation dental techniques would greatly improve your visits.
These are just a few of the ways in which sedation dentistry improves patient care. To learn more about our painless dentistry techniques, contact our office.