It’s sad isn’t it that some people would rather have bad teeth and be too embarrassed to smile…rather than face their fears and go to a dentist. Many of these people have had a bad dental experience during their childhood.
Is there a solution? Yes. There are many options available for nervous patients. Firstly, make sure the dental practice you intend to visit specializes in treating anxious patients. Unfortunately, some dentists get nervous themselves when confronted with an anxious patient! Secondly. Discuss with your dentist what anesthetic options are open to you. Sedation involves an injection in the back of your hand. It won’t put you to sleep, but it will relax you. A welcome side-effect of many sedative drugs is that you won’t remember the procedure.
In extreme cases, your dentist may recommend a general anesthetic. This means your asleep for the procedure. Make sure the practice has a fully trained anesthetist. It may be possible to have the dental treatment in a private hospital. In these circumstances, your anesthetist may even give you a pre-med to calm your nerves prior to surgery. Thirdly, you could consider hypnosis. Check the internet or Yellow Page for a local clinic. Always make certain they are accredited. Some hypnotherapists offer a money-back guarantee if the treatment is unsuccessful.
Fourthly. Get the best cosmetic dentist available. Although all cosmetic dentists who’ve had specialist training must reach an acceptable standard…like any job, some dentists are more talented, more experienced and more knowledgeable than their colleagues. Check they are accredited. Ask them their complication rates. How many similar dental treatments have they carried out.? And how recently? Look at their testimonials and before and after pictures.
Finally, remember that cosmetic dentistry has come a long way in recent years. Knowledge, equipment, and regulation have all improved dramatically. This means you will have a different experience compared with any bad memories from the past. Your smile is often the first thing that people notice about you. First impressions often stick. Don’t let your fears hold you back. Get the smile you deserve. Think how more confident you’ll be.
Depending on the severity of the ailment, your dentist will determine what type of anesthetic will be used for your treatment. For those with a minor problem, a local anesthetic is injected in the surrounding area before the treatment. Severe dental problems, on the other hand, require general anesthesia where the patient is unconscious throughout the entire operation. For patients who cannot be put on total anesthesia, morphine is also used to sedate them heavily. Often the dentist requires his patient to be slightly conscious so that he may be able to open or close his mouth while the process is on.