I have to get a filling. It’s not a large one and I think it will be less painful to do it without a shot. It’s just a surface issue and won’t likely get near the nerve or pulp. Do you think a dentist will insist on a shot or can I just insist otherwise?
A good family dentist listens to his patients. I’m sure yours will be willing to listen to your desire and honor it. Communication and trust are important parts of dental care.
However, it’s important you’re aware that sometimes the size you think the cavity is and the size it really is can sometimes be two different things. If your dentist gets in there and discovers its larger, he’ll advise you.
If it’s a matter of dental anxiety, there are solutions for that. I’m not talking about a therapist or hypnosis, but rather a more pragmatic approach.
Dealing with Dental Anxiety
If it’s a matter of fear of dental shots. you’re not alone. Sometimes something as simple as nitrous oxide is enough to relax you so the shot is no big deal.
However, some forms of anxiety are stronger than others. In those cases, there are stronger forms of dental sedation.
Many patients have had their lives transformed by oral conscious sedation. It’s completely pain-free. You just take a pill and you’re in happy land. Though, happy land means you’ll need someone to drive you to and from your appointment. You’ll be so happy, you’ll be unsteady on your feet.
Preventing Dental Emergencies
I know it’s tempting to put this off thinking because it is a small amount of decay, you can safely delay treatment. I mean who in their right mind likes getting a filling? However, if you don’t take care of it sooner, while it’s easy, it can turn into something bigger.
These can blow up quickly leaving you needing an emergency dental visit. It’s much simpler to get a small filling than it is to get a root canal treatment and dental crown.
This blog is brought to you by Hoffman Estates Dentist Dr. William Becker.