Welcome back to the Dores Dental Blog!
Now that we are within a week of Halloween, maybe now is a good time to talk about your fears.
What scares you the most?
Black cats and witches?
Goblins and ghouls?
Not so friendly ghosts?
What about your friendly Longmeadow, MA dentist?
If you were most afraid of the latter, we get it. It’s actually called dental anxiety or dental phobia depending on the severity of your situation. It is fairly normal. Most people develop it following a traumatic dental experience as a child, but it also can be part of a more general fear of the unknown, or a fear of facing your health issues and mortality.
Sometimes it is actually related to a fear of our equipment and the sounds that they make. And if there’s one tool in the dentist’s office that consistently unnerves patients,it’s definitely the drill.
Why would anybody actually enjoy the thought of confronting the drill?
It’s loud, it’s noisy, and it put off a pungent smell!
But don’t worry, you won’t find one anywhere in our Dwight Road office.
That’s because, in our Longmeadow, MA dental practice, we’re very familiar with what triggers nervousness, fear, and anxiety in our patients.
Obviously, we want to avoid those things at all costs.
As such, we have invested heavily in forward-looking technologies such as the Solea Laser, a cutting-edge piece of equipment that takes the place of the drill in our toolchest.
The Solea Laser Is Nothing To Fear
The Solea laser sounds like something out of Star Wars. In actuality, it is another great example of how technology is making modern dental procedures much more easy and pain-free.
Around here, the Solea laser is now used for a number of procedures, for which the drill might have been the only option not so long ago. It eliminates the disconcerting sounds, rough vibrations, lengthy healing times, and the very real pain associated with the dental drill.
Trust us, it is nothing to fear.
We can utilize the Solea Laser to perform dental solutions, such as:
Besides eliminating unpleasant smells and sensations, the laser does away with the need for local anesthetic, which means no more needles!
Gum Disease Treatment
For this procedure, we use the laser to comfortably eradicate bacteria that has gone below the gum line and threatens to dislodge your teeth if not attended to.
This process is all about cosmetically enhancing the appearance of a “gummy” smile. Recovery and healing times are greatly reduced now because the laser actually cauterizes your soft tissues.
Fighting Dental Anxiety And Dental Phobia
Dental anxiety is no laughing matter. It is a serious condition that impacts about 60% of the adult population in this country, and that number doesn’t reflect the additional 8% of adults who suffer from an even more severe form of this condition, called dental phobia.
When you are afflicted by such things, your oral health and your general well being can suffer greatly.
Why would you expect your overall wellness to remain at an optimal level?
If just the thought of the dentist can make you cower in fear, in all likelihood you will only begin considering making an appointment when you have such a painful problem that it can no longer be ignored.
That means that you will deprive yourself of your six month dental cleanings that can eradicate all the the tartar and plaque that lingers even after the best hygiene practices at home.
Moreover, you won’t have the benefit of a professional oral exam to see if anything is awry in your mouth or if there are symptoms of problems elsewhere in your body.
Tragically, this means that health issues such as tooth decay, periodontal disease, and even cancer can gain a foothold without you even knowing it.
By avoiding the dentist now, you are only setting yourself up for more pain and expense down the road.
Fight Your Fear And Anxiety With Laser Technology!
At Dores Dental, we want to welcome you back and get your health on track.
Let us put your fears to rest and deliver quality pain-free dental care for you moving forward.
Contact us today to schedule your dental appointment in Longmeadow, MA!