Tips for Staying Comfortable During a Tooth Extraction

October 24th, 2013 → 5:29 pm @

The idea of a tooth extraction often inspires apprehension. However, it should be no more uncomfortable than having a routine filling because your dentist will make sure the area is numb. If you have any concerns, share them with your dentist during your consultation appointment and use the following pointers to stay relaxed during your procedure.

Find a Great Dental Team
Finding a dentist who is easily approachable can significantly improve your comfort level. Select a dentist who welcomes your questions and thoroughly explains your options. Look for a well-kept dental office that fosters a relaxing, tranquil atmosphere.

Understand the Procedure
Researching the tooth extraction procedure may help you feel more comfortable with it. Talk to your dentist about why you need to have a tooth removed. Dentists typically prefer to salvage the natural tooth whenever possible. However, sometimes the damage or infection is too severe to treat. Your dentist can explain how he or she will perform the extraction and what you can expect during your recovery.

Consider Sedation Dentistry
If you’re still feeling a little nervous about the procedure, consider asking your dentist about sedation dentistry options. You might choose oral sedation, which allows you to be conscious, yet fully relaxed and drowsy during your procedure. Or, if you have severe apprehension about the procedure, you might prefer IV sedation. IV sedation offers a deeper level of relaxation, yet you’ll still remain awake. However, it’s unlikely that you’ll remember much of the procedure.

Maintain Clear Communication
During your tooth extraction, communicate with your dentist as needed to let him or her know how you’re feeling. You shouldn’t feel any pain at all; however, if you do, let the dentist know that additional anesthetic is needed.

At Sanford Dental Excellence, we pride ourselves on maintaining the utmost in patient care and comfort. We offer both oral and IV sedation dentistry. If you have any concerns about your tooth extraction, please call our office in Lake Mary at (407) 268-6409.

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