Most people delay a visit to the dentist because they are afraid of the pain. Especially before procedures like tooth surgery or tooth implants, patients are usually panicked. The team of Digital Dental Implant Institute near Potts Point states that no stress is needed as there are several relaxation techniques used by either the dentist or the patient to ensure stress is at a minimum.
Most dentists will use nitrous oxide, commonly known as laughing gas as a relaxation technique. They will ask you to inhale the gas throughout the procedure ensuring that you are totally relaxed. Other dentists may prescribe a sedative to take on the eve of your appointment, and again before the procedure.
Other dentists will prefer aromatherapy, such as lavender and orange fragrances which have been seen to alleviate stress and anxiety.
Know about the procedure
Studies have shown that knowing what’s expected also reduces stress. Have the dentist explain the procedure in details, ask questions and insist on clarifications. This will ensure there are no surprises during the procedure. In addition, some dentists will allow you to press a button that stops the machine being used, giving the patient control of the procedure.
TV or music for distraction
As a patient you can also bring your own headphones and listen to music of your choice. Some dentists will have a widescreen television that you can watch during the procedure or will provide virtual reality glasses that show images and sounds.
In severe cases, a dentist may suggest sedation either orally or intravenously. These medications cause deep relaxation and calmness, accompanied by either partial or complete memory loss. This means your procedure will happen without your full awareness.
A visit to the dentist may be scary but there are many ways to alleviate the stress. You and your dentist can work together to find one that works for you.