Do you struggle to find the motivation to visit the dentist regularly? Does your dental anxiety keep you away from the dentist?
Fear of the dentist and dental anxiety are common causes of poor oral health and the development of complex dental problems. Dr. Trushar Patel provides personalized, compassionate care for patients with dental anxiety in Westborough, MA. Along with his team at Westborough Dental Associates, Dr. Patel fosters a family-friendly dentist office for all ages. He strives to offer dental services in a compassionate manner. Dr. Patel and his dental team can work with you to restore your oral health and achieve your aesthetic goals through patient education, and the use of sedation dentistry when needed.
For many anxious and fearful patients, gaining a thorough understanding of their treatment or procedure can help them feel more relaxed during their visit. Our team will take the time you need to explain all aspects of your care. We will discuss any recommended treatments for restoring a healthy, comfortable smile.
When necessary, sedation can be used to allow patients to receive several treatments during a single visit while feeling completely calm and relaxed. Sedation options will be offered based on your overall health and personal concerns.
Comfortable Dental Care with Sedation
Our team uses several types of technology and sedation dentistry to meet the varying needs of our patients. For those who have a fear of needles, the anesthesia wand can make treatment more pleasant and possible to tolerate without needing sedation. The Wand® is a system that delivers a local anesthetic in a virtually painless manner, keeping you comfortable throughout your procedure with a continuous, targeted flow of anesthesia.
We can prescribe an oral sedative. This option is administered in the form of a pill. You will feel awake during dental procedures, but you will be relaxed and won’t remember the procedure afterward. Oral sedation does not require needles and is less expensive than IV sedation. For effective sedation, we require that you take the pill about an hour before treatment. You will become drowsy, so we ask that you have a dedicated ride to-and-from your appointment.
Dental Fear and Anxiety FAQs
Read the answers to popular questions about treatments for dental anxiety.
Will my dentist make me feel bad about the condition of my teeth?
No dental professional should ever make you feel embarrassed or ashamed by the condition of your teeth. Westborough Dental Associates is a judgment-free dentist office and will do whatever we can to help you receive the dental care you need. Dr. Patel and his team are ready to meet your needs and help ease your anxiety.
How common is dental anxiety?
Dental anxiety is very common and can affect people at any age for various reasons. The sooner your anxiety or fear is addressed, the sooner you will be able to overcome it. No one should ever be scared or ashamed to tell their dentist they experience this anxiety. When you share this with us, we can adjust the treatments you need.
Is oral sedation a safe way to get the dental treatments I need?
Yes! Oral sedation has been used for some time and is regulated by the FDA. We will prescribe the right dosage to help you feel relaxed and calm during your appointment. However, driving a vehicle will be unsafe while under sedation. You will need to find a ride to and from your appointment.
Receive Comfortable Dental Care Today
Are you ready to take charge of your dental health? Our dentists are dedicated to improving and maintaining your oral health for long-term success. For more information on sedation dentistry, give us a call at 508.366.0550, or request an appointment online today.