While professionalism is paramount, Dr. Stanley Levenson and his team maintain a lighthearted atmosphere that puts patients at ease. Yet, some people are still anxious at the idea of treatment. Dental anxiety or phobia is a real condition and nothing to be embarrassed about. Sedation helps to break the cycle of anxiety. Keep reading for more information about what to expect from dental sedation at Levenson Smile in Worcester, MA.
Sedation should not be confused with anesthesia, which is chemically-induced insensitivity to pain. Sedation depresses nerve centers in the brain that trigger an anxiety response.
Dental anxiety may manifest as vague uneasiness that lets you justify canceling a checkup or putting off treatment for a minor toothache or a little pink in the sink when you brush. For some people, though, phobiacauses full-blown panic; reluctance to schedule an appointment for necessary care, sleeplessness the night before, and escalating anxiety in the waiting room. That’s okay – Dr. Levenson has experience with all levels of apprehension, and solutions.
Underlying causes of dental anxiety are unique combinations of circumstances. Here are some of the ways Dr. Levenson successfully counters those conditions:
Discomfort with clinical surroundings. Oral conscious sedation is the best way to gently take the edge off bright lights, shiny instruments, and unusual sounds, smells, and sensations.
Fear of pain. This natural survival instinct may be exaggerated by previous rough handling in the dental chair, or the inflated stories of others. Dr. Levenson is known for a gentle touch that minimizes patient discomfort.
Fear of needles, or that numbing will not eliminate pain. The doctor carefully considers your medical history before providing anesthesia and he has more than 30 years of experience in locating the best spot for effective numbing. He uses a special distraction technique that minimizes pinch.
Control issues – feeling vulnerable or helpless. Our team keeps you involved in treatment so there are no surprises. You know what to expect, and your wellbeing is continually monitored.
Personal space invasion. While the dentist must be close to perform the task at hand, Dr. Levenson takes an extremely respectful approach, maintaining comfortable distance and giving the patient momentary breaks.
Even more important than sedation is the awareness that this team genuinely cares about you. It is evident from the first telephone call to the completion of your treatment.
There are just a few things you need to do before your visit:
Be sure to fill your prescription for the oral sedation medication. It generally consists of one to three doses of a Valium-type drug.
Arrange for someone to drive you to the appointment and home afterward.
Get a good night’s sleep before your treatment. Depending on your level of anxiety, Dr. Levenson may recommend a dose of medication at bedtime to help.
Take the medication, as Dr. Levenson prescribes, usually about an hour before you arrive at the dental office.
Then relax –you are in good hands.
An assistant checks you in and walks you to the operatory. Your driver may wait, or we can call or text when your visit is nearing completion. Once you are settled comfortably in the chair, treatment begins, calmly and predictably. You are not left alone during numbing. You remain conscious, but physically relaxed and mentally unconcerned. Some people are so at ease they doze off! You breathe naturally, can respond to verbal cues, and are free to signal the team at any time. If you need to use the rest room or move around a bit during a lengthy procedure, assistance is provided.
The assistant walks you to the reception area. Sedation patients may choose to arrange payment or financing in advance, or our front desk staff will handle it efficiently at checkout. You are turned over to the care of your driver to return home.
There is some residual drowsiness, so take it easy the remainder of the day and sleep well. You will likely awake refreshed, with little or no memory of treatment. Since sedation also relaxes your body, there is minimal jaw, neck, or back stiffness, and the mouth heals quickly.
You CAN enjoy the benefits of a healthy mouth and attractive smile. Call Levenson Smile in Worcester, MAat 855-849-8255 to talk with Dr. Levenson about dental treatment with sedation.