The thought of going to the dentist fills many people with dread. This prevalence of dental phobia is the reason many dental practices advertise “pain free” dentistry. But does such a thing really exist?
These days, it certainly does. There are a number of techniques that can be used to make your dental experience more comfortable.
In cases of extreme dental phobia, “sleep dentistry” may be the answer. Options range from general anaesthesia, where you are put to sleep in a hospital environment; to nitrous oxide, commonly known as “laughing gas”, which makes you more relaxed in the dental chair. As an in-between option, intravenous sedation may be the answer. This is administered in the dental clinic by a qualified anaesthetist and provides a deeper sedation than laughing gas.
If your dental phobia is moderate, you may decide to consult your GP, who can recommend and prescribe medication to be taken before your dental appointment to relieve any anxiety.
Local anaesthesia is the most widely used means of achieving pain-free dentistry. For those who don’t like injections, numbing cream can be applied to the treatment area beforehand. Once you are numb all dental procedures carried out will be painless.
The best way of experiencing painless dentistry is to find a dentist you can trust and with whom you can build a long-term relationship. You never know, you may even look forward to 6 monthly appointments.