Despite numerous advances in dental technology, many people still have a fear when it comes to going to the dentist. Part of that can be based on past experiences, when less sophisticated treatments were available, as well as the anticipation of a procedure that is likely to produce some level of discomfort.
It is a balancing act for many people who want healthy mouth, teeth, and gums, but who hesitate at the thought of enduring pain to achieve meaningful results.
At Boston Endodontics, we understand this fear. It’s natural. And because of this, we employ oral sedation to help relax our patients to give them the best possible and most anxiety-free dentistry experience possible.
Depending on your level of anxiety and the procedure you will have, there are several oral sedation drugs you can use, as well as how you can have them administered.
Oral conscious sedation has the least amount of impact on a patient. In most cases, patients are prescribed a pill to relax them while they are having their work done. They remain conscious, but in a much more calm state, and the effects of the pill wear off soon as the procedure is over.
In addition to all levels of oral sedation, patients who are undergoing invasive treatments such as root canals, extractions, or having cavities filled will also receive a local anesthetic to block pain. Most of the time, a dentist will use Novocain. The two used in conjunction with each other will give you the most anxiety free dental experience possible. While a local anesthetic will concentrate on blocking pain directly related to the procedure, oral sedation will give you a much more overall relaxed state of being. Your memory of the procedure will be minimal and time will drift by quickly. You will be done before you know it!
Boston Endodontics serves patients in Boston, Lynnfield and other nearby Massachusetts communities. To discuss your specific dental needs, contact our Boston office at 617-742-3525 or our Lynnfield office at 781-245-8828.