Removing Fear of the Dental Chair

  • Posted by Kent Davis
  • at Thursday, July 11, 2013 -
Some people, even adults, fear going to the dentist which prevents them from getting the proper dental care they need. This anxiety results to toothache, teeth loss and bad breath or halitosis. In extreme cases, complications like heart diseases, diabetes and stroke set in. Fortunately, there are different methods and treatments available to reduce pain and fear when on a dentist's chair.

Oral Sedation
This is the use of a prescription medications to give you a good sleep, and a mild sedative before your appointment so you'll come in the dental office, relaxed and ready for your treatment. Another dose is given in the office to completely give you a good experience and leave you with no memory of it. This benefits those who have dental phobia, have treatments that will take longer than usual, and who have gag reflex.

Nitrous Oxide
Laughing gas is given alone or with sedation to create a pleasant feeling and prevent the patient from being antsy. After five minutes of inhalation, he'll feel cold and experience no pain.

Research findings from the Sahlgrenska Academy University of Gothenburg in Sweden show that the common coping practices that could help people get through their dental appointments are creating distraction, distancing themselves mentally from the procedure, prayer, and optimism. These methods and treatments can help anyone get through his dental treatment but taking care of one's teeth is still the best solution.