Dental Procedures: Reducing the Pain
Ask Questions in Advance
You don’t want to get yourself so filled up with anxiety that you cancel the procedure, but having a reasonable idea of what to expect is helpful. When you’re booking a procedure, talk to your dentist about what typical responses and recovery times are to it. Too much research can fill your mind with unrealistic fears, but talking one or two relatives or friends about their own procedures can help.
If you’re worried about pain happening during the actual procedure, you should ask your dentist what types of options are available for anesthesia. Keep in mind that if you’re going under anesthesia, you’ll need to have someone drive you home after the appointment. You can’t safely operate a vehicle when coming out from the effects of anesthesia.
Once the procedure is finished, your dentist will provide you with aftercare instructions. When you’ve had a long week of worry, you may think that you should treat yourself by ignoring the directions at least for right now. Keep in mind that by doing so, you’re quite possibly making the pain worse in the long term.
Even when you don’t feel immediate discomfort, you need to give yourself some time to rest. Your body has been through a great deal, and if you’ve been worrying about the procedure, so has your mind. Take off the rest of the day from work or school. You may even need more than the remainder of the day to recovery. It can be difficult for a high-achieving person to sit on the couch and relax all day, but it’s what you need to do now. Speak with your dentist to know exactly how long you should take off for.
The potential pain should not keep you from getting a procedure that you need to better your health. In fact, by speaking with our dentist and taking some steps, you can reduce the pain and have a less stressful experience.