“I’d like you to raise your hand if you enjoy going to the dentist.” That’s how I began a recent event. It was no surprise to see only a dozen or so hands raised out of a room of nearly 200 people. I then asked the audience about the sources of their anxiety. The most frequent answers included fear of pain; fear of the sights, sounds and smells of a dental office; fear of the price of treatment; and fear of missing work and having to commit to lengthy/frequent visits.
After listening to these responses, I then asked, “What if I told you that all of the concerns and anxiety you have about dentistry could be avoided? Would you go?” Astoundingly, nearly 100% of the hands shot up from across the room. And then, I explained how that, in fact, was possible.
Technological advances have made the often time-consuming, uncomfortable and inconvenient conventional dentistry a thing of the past. For those seeking an immediate solution, my office uses advances such as same-day crowns, 3-D printers, 3-D X-rays and 3-D photography, making dentistry much more convenient and predictable. And another perk, no more impression goop! No more of that gagging, horrible-tasting material that was once unavoidable. Want to hear the icing on the cake –actually the icing, sprinkles and cherry too? You can choose to be asleep for all of it!
Sedation dentistry is safe, effective, and makes the experience pleasant for both parties. With sedation dentistry, your dentist administers a safe amount of medication that essentially allows you to put yourself asleep. Patients often wake up feeling relieved, with almost no recollection of any shots, loud sounds of a drill, or other unpleasantness – just a brand-new beautiful smile.
Technology has advanced by leaps and bounds and continues to do so at an astounding rate. Just think, treatment such as stem cell tooth regrowth, for example, is actually within our reach. And who knows, when that day arrives, maybe sedation dentistry won’t even be necessary. But until then, rest assured, you no longer have to worry about the dreaded fears of going to the dentist. So if you find yourself needing a crown, filling or even cosmetic veneers, consider asking your dentist more about same-day sedation dentistry. Because today, we have the technology and experience so that when I ask, “Who has no fear visiting the dentist and committing to a healthy smile?” everyone can raise their hand.