Fear of the dentist is common in some patients who are referred to a periodontist. Dr. Farber provides advice on reassuring patients who are referred.
Many patients may express an element of fear when they hear that periodontal treatment is needed. Most of the time we want to discover the nature of the fear of the dentist. Is it the fear of the procedure, some misinformation that have heard from others, or the fear of discomfort during or after a periodontal procedure? So, we need to find out what their concern is and then we can address the situation appropriately.
A lot of patients come in worried about the procedure and after it is done they tell me, “Oh, that was not so bad” and the reason for this is that nobody looks forward to any type of surgical procedure. However, periodontal treatment today causes minimal discomfort, especially using lasers and even with classical, conventional periodontal surgery. The same is true for an extraction and placement of a dental implant. Most patients will only take an Advil with Tylenol for two days and that will be all that they need.
We have found that when we mention the word “laser” it seems to get the patients into my office much easier, so using a laser may be a good option to explore. The use of a laser has been more common in today’s surgeries and I have been using the laser for the last three years. You will find that other patients just want to be sedated, and we do have conscious sedation as well as IV sedation available. If the patient wants to be put to sleep and that is the only way they will go through with the procedure, then by all means, refer them and we will discuss that option.
If you would like more information about the procedures available at the Farber Center or if you would like to schedule an appointment, please do not hesitate to contact us by phone or e-mail.
Dr. Alan H. Farber
Offices in Hauppauge and Medford, NY
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