One of the most common reasons for avoiding a trip to the dentist is dental anxiety or fear of the dentist. In many cases, a patient’s anxiety is the result of a previous bad experience during a dental treatment.
Dr. Robert Gauthier, a general and cosmetic dentist in Northborough, offers the solutions necessary to help phobic patients to relax and regain their confidence while undergoing a dental procedure. Dr. Gauthier will take the time to discuss the concerns a patient may have about their oral health and possible dental treatment. In many situations, taking the time to fully explain a dental procedure and discuss possible anesthesia options provides the level of comfort needed to help a patient overcome their anxiety.
In more complex situations or during a more involved dental procedure, Dr. Gauthier may recommend the use of sedation dentistry. Sedation dentistry can enable a patient to undergo a dental procedure while in a mild “euphoric” state whereby they are awake but won’t recall the procedure afterwards. This type of sedation can be administered effectively using a small wand that slowly drips the anesthetic for a consistent delivery during the entire procedure. In this way, patients will feel relaxed and pain free without the use of a needle! This “magic wand” will prevent a patient from feeling the onset of pain and discomfort towards the end of a procedure when traditional injection style anesthetics begin to wear off.
Regular dental visits are the key to maintaining lifelong oral health- an important part of overall physical health and well being! If you suffer from dental anxiety, let Dr. Gauthier and his staff at Apex Dental help you to overcome your dental anxiety and restore your oral health.