Should I go back to my sedation dentist?


When I lived in CT I had dentist who caters to dental cowards and uses sedation. She would go out of her way to make sure I was calm even if I only needed a filling. I’ve had the fillings for years and it seems like within the past 2 months ago one of the filling is loose. My anxiety has kept me away from any dentist even though I have lived here for 10 months now. I am overdue for a dental cleaning. I tried some tooth filler material from the drugstore but it isn’t working. My tooth is starting to hurt and I really will get sick if I go to a new dentist that I don’t know. I am wondering if I should forget about even trying to call a new dentist and just go back to my old cater to cowards dentist until I can find a way to get my anxiety under control. Thanks. Mya

Mya – When you have gentle dentist who uses sedation techniques and who understands your anxiety, it’s difficult to transition to a new dentist. But the issues with your teeth need to be treated. Over-the-counter dental filler materials are often not enough to treat tooth decay for the long term. A dentist will need to remove your damaged filling and replace it with a new one.

As the filling dislodges, you will begin to experience more pain in your tooth. Don’t wait for that to happen. The tooth can even become infected and cause more problems. If your anxiety is preventing you from finding a new dentist, it may be best to return to your former dentist, provided she is within a reasonable distance.

A dental emergency can make it a difficult time to see a new dentist. If you find that you can’t return to your cater-to-cowards dentist, ask friends or acquaintances for a recommendation on a gentle dentist. He or she will likely use sedation dentistry to help you relax during your dental treatment.

This post is sponsored by Lowell, MA dentist Dr. Michael Szarek.