Ghosts & Goblins May Be Scary; Your Dental Visits Don’t Have To Be!

The most expensive and complicated dental work is delayed dental work, so the key to having easy visits is to get your mouth healthy now!  Your teeth are meant to last a lifetime and the days of ending life in a denture are in the past!  However, the reality is no one loves having dental work done.  Here are a few easy ways to make the visits easier and get the work done so you can enjoy a healthy mouth and eliminate the fear of your dental visits!

Three Easy Steps 
First, we will start with the easiest ones as they are often the most powerful.  The reality is that a lot of the fear comes from three basic issues. One is a lack of control.  At Aesthetic Dentistry of Georgetown, the doctors are very clear about how to alert the team that there is something happening or that you need a break.  The goal is to have you in charge of the appointment so that you can stay comfortable through the process.

The other major fear driver is the unknown issues that may arise while you are having the work done.  That is something completely addressed before the work is even started so that you are aware of the situation and potential pitfalls before you start.

While both of those are reasonably simple to address, the third may require some additional tools.  If you have a bad dental experience that still haunts you, utilizing advanced tools described below are excellent solutions for you!

The best solution to eliminate fear is to have a healthy mouth, and with today’s advanced technology and protocols, that is much easier than you might imagine!  At Aesthetic Dentistry of Georgetown, Anxiety solutions are always complimentary!

  1. Talking to the doctor – the science clearly shows that most fear comes from not knowing…  everyone is afraid of some part of the procedure and many people because of a past experience.  Today every step of the procedure can be managed in a way that is more comfortable than even just a few years ago, so talking to your doctor about what part of the process you are afraid of will help them to be aware of how to make your visit more pleasant!
  2. Oral sedation – easily one of the most powerful and simplest ways to accomplish the dentistry and overcome the fear is careful use of oral sedation.  Doctors who care about their patient’s experience will acquire the additional training to be able to offer oral sedation to help to make the procedure easier for you!  Our doctors are always happy to offer this save and easy method to help you relax and sleep through your visit, and at Aesthetic Dentistry of Georgetown, it is always complimentary.
  3. NuCalm® is a safe, proven neuroscience technology that quickly relaxes you. NuCalm naturally brings your body to the pre-sleep states characterized by deep relaxation.  Essentially plug and play meditation, this technology is very powerful and is used to help people suffering with PTSD – and is relatively unknown among most dentists.
  4. Establishing rules of the game with the dentist is a proven and powerful technique to help make your visits easier.  Our doctors let you know how to stop if you need to, and this is a powerful way to make this process easier on you – so if your dentist didn’t bring it up ahead of time, ask how to stop if you need to swallow or ask a question or something is uncomfortable.

Anxiety research has clearly shown that everyone has at least some level of anxiety leading up to a dental visit, so you aren’t alone!  For some people, it is a monumental obstacle it can be all but crippling.  However, it is critical to address problems as early as possible since there are always more options at the beginning.  Keeping the mouth healthy as healthy as possible is the best way to have easy visits, but fear of dental visits can make the problems more difficult to handle.
Working with a team trained in adhesive dentistry who takes a comprehensive approach to your care will result in less necessary dental work over time.  The more modern approaches to dental care are less invasive and more comfortable to complete and have fewer issues after the work is done compared to older dental patches like metal fillings and crowns.  Talking to the dental team about the kind of treatment and the options will also help you to find the simplest and most comfortable solution.

At Aesthetic Dentistry of Georgetown, your comfort is part of the process of creating a quality experience and helping you to maintain a healthy mouth.  When you are comfortable, we can provide you the best quality of options and care.  As a part of our dental family, every part of your experience matters, so be sure to let us know if you are worried about any part of your care!

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