A pain-free experience for your patients is no longer optional — it’s required! Today’s products offer dentists a myriad of options for achieving profound anesthesia. The moment a new patient walks into your office, the quest for pain-free dentistry begins. A warm smile and a friendly welcome form the first nonpharmacological building blocks toward mutual confidence and respect between the dental health team and the patient.
There are lots of factors that keep people from visiting the dentist as often as they should. But the one we hear about most often is that patients are worried about the pain of the process. Even though dentistry has made great strides to increase comfort for patients, traditional methods can still cause some discomfort, and for some patients, that causes them to avoid the dentist entirely.
What is Painless Dentistry?
Painless dentistry is sometimes also called sedation dentistry because it uses safe and mild forms of sedation to calm the patient before any procedure is performed. This approach not only helps relieve anxiety, but it numbs the affected areas so that the patient can’t feel the work of the dentist and hygienists. By the time the sedation wears off, the procedure is complete, and the patient is ready to return home. Painless dentistry can involve varying levels of sedation:
- Minimal – The patient remains awake but with a feeling of calm.
- Moderate – The patient remains awake but not fully aware.
- Deep – The patient remains awake but with minimal consciousness
- General Anesthesia – The patient is completely unconscious
Absolutely. In fact, sedation dentistry has been practiced by dentists for decades, but new techniques have expanded its application. This procedure can now effectively be used for something as routine as a teeth cleaning. For patients that simply can’t bear the thought of being in the dentist’s chair, the calming and numbing effect of sedation provides a welcome antidote to anxiety.