Good oral hygiene is so important and yet so many people suffer from oral health conditions simply because they are too afraid to visit a dentist. First Home On average, a dental visit is recommended every one to two years for prevention and treatment of certain conditions.
These preventative measures and treatments are designed to minimize the occurrence of problems that could result in pain, discomfort and tooth sensitivity. Missing these regular appointments simply means that you are more likely to suffer from painful oral health problems and that a visit to the dentist will probably involve a procedure or other intervention.
In these cases, dentist visits are often more uncomfortable than a regular consultation, increasing the stress and anxiety about visiting the dentist in general. Emergency and temporary measures may also need to be taken in these events to provide immediate pain relief and a solution to the problems.
Of course this will mean another follow-up appointment to the dentist where a more permanent dentistry solution can be made.
What dental patients need to understand is that dentistry, especially in the area of pain relief, has come a long way. There are a range of different techniques that a dentist uses to minimize discomfort during an assessment or a procedure.
Numbing gels and local anesthetic injections are the most common way to prevent pain in dentistry. Nitrous oxide, also called happy gas, is used to sedate a patient during certain procedures, however, this is not available at all dentistry practices anymore.
Twilight sedation by a qualified anesthetist provides a state of unconsciousness during a procedure. General anesthetic, also by an anesthetist, is another option but is mainly only used for lengthy or complicated surgical procedures.
Ask your dentist about all these options before your next appointment so that you can relax and have the peace of mind that you are in safe hands and will experience little to no discomfort.