To most people, dental appointments most likely equals pain. Few people know that at the dentist’s there are numerous options for pain relief. But, other than your run-of-the-mill anesthetics, you also have the option of opting for sedation dentistry.
Sedation dentistry simply means that your pain relief also doubles as a remedy for your anxiety. This is important since, in many cases, it is anxiety itself that is far more distressing than pain during the procedure. Other than that, this type of pain relief also has a few benefits you may want to consider.
Overall, however, at Twin Cities Dental we’ve found that there are three types of people for whom both pain and anxiety relief is ideal.
If you have a history of getting anxious over dental procedures, you may want to talk to us about getting sedation dentistry. As we have mentioned earlier, anxiety can be far more distressing than pain and, to top it off, could even heighten your sensation of pain. In addition, it can make a thirty-minute procedure seem to last for hours.
A pain relief method that deals with your anxiety may be just the thing to help reduce the inevitable jitters you get every time you hear the word “dentist.” If you like, you may even be able to choose between conscious or unconscious sedation, depending on what you’re most comfortable with.
You’ve got a meetings scheduled throughout your day and you barely have time in between. You just don’t have enough time for the multiple dental procedures that your dentist has recommended and, at the same time, you do kind-of need to get them.
While time saved may vary depending on the specific types of procedures that you need, sedation dentistry may allow you to have a number of them done at the same time. This is because the procedure is significantly less painful and distressing and, therefore, you and your dentist will be able to sit for extended periods of time to work on your teeth. This way, your need for multiple appointments is at a minimum.
Every person has a different pain threshold. This means that, unfortunately, some of us will suffer quite more than others during dental procedures. In addition, pain thresholds can be affected by your genetics, current stress levels and other factors.
If you feel intense pain way too easily or if you’re currently going through stressful times that are making you a bit touchy, you might want to consider getting sedation dentistry.
If you think you fit into one of these profiles, or if you simply just want to learn more, feel free to talk to us at Twin Cities Dental about your pain relief options. We believe that great dental care should be as stress-free as possible. Through pain and anxiety regimens that are specifically tailored for you, we hope that you will soon actually look forward to your next appointment!