Dental anxiety is widespread in our society, believed to afflict 30 to 40 million Americans. When this fear prevents someone from visiting the dentist for regular checkups, the result is a higher risk for gum disease, tooth decay, and other problems.
Plus, when a person ignores dental issues until pain forces them to seek help from a dentist, treatment at that point will almost certainly be more invasive and uncomfortable than a problem caught early on. So the cycle of fear and anxiety perpetuates itself.
Do you find yourself avoiding the dentist — putting off scheduling checkups, trying to ignore pain and discomfort? When you do schedule that visit, do you have trouble sleeping the night before and do you get a feeling of dread as the appointment approaches?
You may suffer from dental anxiety.
At Legacy Smiles, we strive to provide comfortable, fear-free dentistry for everyone, including patients with dental anxiety.
This includes embracing technology — like WaterLase — that makes procedures quicker and less invasive.
If you live in or around Billings, MT and are interested in a more pleasant dental experience, call Legacy Smiles at 406-794-3114.
What Is WaterLase?
What unpleasant things to do you associate with the dentist? Painful anesthesia shots? Or maybe the high-pitched whine of the drill? (Can you feel your blood pressure rising already?)
Dental anxiety may stem from any number of fears and personal experiences. But the shots and drilling are common triggers.
WaterLase is a multi-functional dental tool that reduces or eliminates the need for drilling and shots for many dental procedures.
WaterLase combines water, air, and laser power to manipulate both tooth structure and the soft tissues of the mouth. Teeth are made up largely of water. The laser is able to cut through the tooth by agitating the water molecules. Simultaneously, WaterLase keeps the area cool and comfortable with a spray of water. The result is a virtually pain-free experience, even without anesthesia!
How Is WaterLase Used?
WaterLase performs the same sort of work as a traditional dental drill — but without pain, pressure, heat, that fear-inducing whine, or any drilling at all! This ground-breaking technology also eliminates the need for anesthesia in many cases, so no uncomfortable needles.
But we’ve mentioned the versatility of WaterLase. It is not only effective for procedures involving the teeth, it may also be used to manipulate the soft tissues of the mouth. So whether you need diseased gum tissue removed, or you want to make your gumline more aesthetically pleasing, your gum procedures will be easier, more comfortable, and faster to heal.
WaterLase performs a wide range of dental procedures without pain — to the point that anesthesia is often unnecessary. How is that possible? Well, when a conventional drill is used, the discomfort comes from a combination of heat, pressure, and vibration. WaterLase eliminates all of that.
WaterLase dentistry is far more precise than procedures performed with drills and scalpels. Only the infected tissues are touched, more or your tooth structure is preserved, and the likelihood of a painful cracked tooth from the drill is reduced.
WaterLase is more convenient for busy families. Because anesthesia is less likely to be necessary, multiple procedures may be performed in one visit.
Gum procedures performed with WaterLase result in less bleeding and swelling than procedures performed using conventional methods. You will heal more quickly, too.
Experience Stress-Free Dentistry at Legacy Smiles
At Legacy Smiles, WaterLase is just one way we offer our patients a more comfortable dental experience.
Semi-private operatories give you privacy. Who wants their dental issues out in the open for everyone to see?
We also provide longer appointments. When you are rushed, you are more likely to feel anxious and scared. We take our time, and we encourage you to take a break or a breather if needed.
Do you often feel chilled and exposed as you lie on the dentist’s chair? At Legacy Smiles, we provide heated blankets and pillows to keep you cozy, and warm lemon-scented towels. You can put on headphones to listen to relaxing music and take your mind off what’s happening in your mouth.
Still feeling anxious? We offer four levels of dental sedation: nitrous oxide, oral conscious, IV sedation, and general anesthesia (which is generally reserved for more complicated procedures).
If you suffer from dental anxiety — or don’t, and just want a completely comfortable dental experience — make your next checkup with Legacy Smiles. You may get in touch through our convenient online form, or call our office in Billings, MT at 406-794-3114.