For some people, there is nothing more terrifying than the thought of a trip to the dentist. Even scarier for some is the prospect of replacing a missing tooth with a dental implant. However, as dental implants grow in popularity as a permanent solution to tooth loss, it is time to put nervous minds at ease.
Why is everyone so afraid of procedures such as dental implants? Perhaps fearing the dentist and certain dental procedures is something that is ingrained in our minds from a young age. Perhaps it is the result of ongoing, perpetuated stereotypes. Regardless of the cause, it is important to find ways to “unlearn” this fear, especially if your dental professional recommends a dental implant as the best course of treatment. Seeing a dental professional regularly and trusting her advice will help you to best maintain your oral health and minimize expense, time and discomfort.
If you decide to get a dental implant and are feeling anxious or fearful, find ways to feel more in control of your experience;
- Ask Dr. Corbett to explain the procedure. Knowing exactly what will occur when the dental implant is placed can help put your mind at ease.
- Have Dr. Corbett explain your options for techniques to control pain and stress, such as sedatives or relaxation techniques that can make your treatment virtually painless. Oral sedation, in pill form, is taken prior to your visit so you are relaxed even before you arrive. By the time you are seated in the treatment chair, you are in a tranquil state and are typically unaware when numbing medication is administered. Oral sedation also has an amnesiac effect, leaving most with little or no memory of their procedure afterwards.
Whether or not you remember what triggered your dental fear, please know that Dr. Corbett and her dental team have been highly successful helping patients overcome this.