Practicing Pain-Free Dentistry in 5 Steps

When people think of going to the dentist, their first thought may be the level of pain they will feel when a dentist starts to work on their mouth.

Smilovits DDS provides each patient with a calm and professional environment where a patient can ask any questions they may have about the procedure beforehand. With our one-patient-at-a-time method, the dentist’s focus will remain with each individual.

The fear of pain can keep patients from even stepping foot in a dentist’s office, and it is the dentist’s job to keep procedures as painless as possible while also maintaining their own level of comfort while performing complex or lengthy procedures.

1. Conquering the Fear in Your Head: Sometimes patients may build up the pain in their head as being more severe than it truly is. Feeling high levels of stress can cause increased levels of pain. Even the sight or sound of a drill or other dentist’s tool can cause a panic. That’s why it’s best to debunk any myths and in some cases take anti-anxiety drugs before the appointment.

2. Using Ergonomic Equipment in Your Operations: The right equipment can make a dental procedure much easier to perform. A stool that prevents lower back pain for the dentist is just as important as a dental chair that keeps a patient’s head in place and comfortable for a long period of time. Make sure the equipment used in a checkup or procedure is adjusted to the person using it so that pain is minimal for all involved.

3. Keep Up a Hygiene Habit at Home: The reason so many patients may experience more pain in the dentist’s office is because they wait until the pain is so unbearable, they must call a professional for an appointment. Caring for teeth at home with brushing, flossing, and making an appointment as soon as you have oral pain will prevent the office visit from being more painful than it needs to be.

4. Anesthesia and Sedatives: Involved and complex dental procedures can sometimes require a patient to be given anesthesia or another type of sedative to relax them and put them to sleep. Sedation can be taken through inhalation, orally, or through an IV and is safe for the patient so they can improve their oral health with no pain.

5. Communication and Professionalism: A dentist who is professional will have advanced tools that will cause minimum pain during a procedure. When a patient is nervous or scared, they will need to know what is happening during their visit and have strong communication with their dentist. By explaining to the patient what tools will be used and assuring them of your capabilities, their stress will be reduced. With that level of trust, pain will be diminished during the procedure due to a decrease in stress.

Our doctors are members of the International Congress of Oral Implantology and use the most technologically advanced tools for all procedures.

Between our tools, anesthetics, and overall dedication to patient comfort, we guarantee the least painful dentist appointment, every time. Call us for a same day appointment at 216-464-9696.