Many people put off going to the dentist because they are scared of the pain. Unfortunately this attitude often makes the pain of going to the dentist much more intense. By putting off treatment you tend to make your teeth worse and the work more complex than it would have been if you just went to see the dentist in the first place. Aside from trying to make sure you don’t have pain there are other things to consider when it comes to dental work and dental pain. A little bit of planning can go a long way.
Consider Your Weekend
While no one really wants to give up a weekend for dental work, think about what you have to do at work and really being comfortable. While it is not like a broken leg, it tends to affect your thinking and often you are on pain medication. This means you are not 100% there, so being at work is likely a bad idea. Try to take sick days and really allow yourself to recuperate. It is not usually a long process, but taking a day is well worth it and you will find you feel better faster.
Allow Yourself to go Under
Part of the pain and stress of dental work comes from the sounds. It is a process that tends to make people scared and stressed out. There are a number of dentists now doing work while you sleep. This often changes the recovery time. It allows the dentist to work more quickly and to get deeper than they could if you were awake. You tend to wake up groggy and sore, but in the end the trauma is just much less. This combination is a great way to get over your dental pain more quickly and get back to your regular life.
Skipping cleanings means more pain when you do go in. You can deny it all you want but it is true. It also means longer appointments and more time away from work. If you just take the time to go every six months you will find that you get used to your dentist and you get used to the process. This tends to limit the discomfort you experience and it helps to keep your mouth much more healthy. While it might not mean a lot at first, as you age the difference will be undeniable.
Overall dental pain is some of the worst pain in the world. It is the fact that your whole head throbs, there is no good way to get comfortable and that you feel like you can’t even eat to feel better. Because of this people put off the dentist and make things much worse for themselves. Plan ahead and you can make your dental health easier to manage while limiting your pain exposure. You will find healthy teeth are easier to maintain than you think and you will enjoy all the benefits of being on the forefront of dental hygiene.
This was a guest post written by Ron of Hawkesbury Dentist. Check out his site for more information on dental care.