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Tips for Relaxing in the Dental Chair

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Erie, Harborcreek and Millcreek, PA

Do you ever feel anxious or nervous at the thoughts of going to the dentist? If you do, then you probably neglect to go to the dentist for your routine dental checkups and cleanings, only showing up to see your dentist in Erie when you get a toothache or something goes awry. Your sedation dentist in Erie, Dr. Albert Starr, has some tips that may help you relax while in the dental chair.

One of the first things that you can do to ease your dental anxiety is to relax yourself before coming into the office. Try listening to relaxing or soothing music on the way to your appointment. You may also find that sipping on chamomile tea may help relax your nerves. If you dislike the sounds that you may hear while at the dentist, bring some comfortable headphones and a listening device such as your smartphone or iPod to listen to music during your appointment.

Another tip is to meet with Dr. Starr and his dental care team before your actual appointment. Or, be sure that you have a thorough understanding of what is going to take place for your procedure. Ask questions, discuss your concerns and let Dr. Starr and his dental care team aware of your dental fears or anxiety. Our team understands that these fears are real, and we know just how to handle patients who feel apprehensive or anxious about their appointment.

If your treatment requires specific post-operative care, be sure to get these instructions beforehand so that you know what to expect, and can plan accordingly in case you need to have special foods or medications at home to aid in your healing process.

What if these tips just aren’t enough?

Dental anxiety is real. It affects millions of people in the U.S., and unfortunately, it could mean that their oral care is ignored until something significant emerges. The reason preventive care and routine checkups are essential is that they could save you from undergoing extensive procedures later on. Getting a small cavity filled is much easier, less painful, and less invasive than having to receive a root canal or get a tooth pulled because it has succumbed to extensive decay.

Sedation Dentistry in Erie

For patients who simply cannot get their dental fears to subside long enough to receive necessary dental care, we offer sedation dentistry in Erie at Laser Dentistry of Erie. Our team is certified in Nitrox Oxide commonly referred to as “laughing gas,” as well as oral sedation via a prescribed medication. Sedation dentistry allows you to receive the care that you need while feeling relaxed, and calm. Each form of sedation dentistry yields slightly different levels of sedation and may require some planning on your part. To determine if sedation dentistry is right for you, or which form may be best for your case, contact Laser Dentistry of Erie by calling (814) 825-2615 to schedule a consultation.

Laser Dentistry of Erie welcomes patients of Erie and the surrounding communities.

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