What can I do if I am nervous about going to the dentist?

There are many things you can do and options your dentist has to make you comfortable in the dental chair. First of all you need to understand that dentistry has come a long way. The injections are virtually painless. Modern local anesthetics are much better and safer than they were years ago. So if pain is your concern today's local anesthetics will block the discomfort during treatment and there are potent medications you can take afterwards.

If you are anxious about the shot or injection then you can ask your dentist to use Nitrous Oxide for mild anxiety, Oral Sedation for moderate anxiety and I.V. sedation or deep sedation for severe anxiety or phobia.

Additional triggers are the sound of the drill, smell of the office, anticipation of pain or gagging during treatment which can be managed the same way as fear of the needle or injection.

Music can also help you relax along with some self hypnosis are great adjuncts to use in the dental office. For additional options or answers to your questions call the Levittown Dental office.

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Dr. Marc Gottlieb is one of Long Island's leading dental practicioners, specializing in helping those who feel anxiety or apprehension when visiting the dentist. He can be reached at marc@anxietyfreedental.com