Wake Forest practice treats dental fear along with restoring oral health with gentle dentistry approach
To Supremia Dentistry, “gentle dentistry” is a redundant term. Dentistry should always be gentle. However, Dr. Edmond Suh and his team understand that patients may have encountered dentists through the years who did not share in this gentle approach to treatment.
In fact, there are a number of studies that connect dental fear to previous traumatic dental experiences, usually experiences that happened early in childhood.
For fear acquired at a young age, the dentist’s professional behavior is particularly important. Pain seems to be the No. 1 factor associated with dental fear acquired in adulthood.
Typically, the biggest sources of dental fear are:
Dr. Suh has many tools to fight the dental fear that can sometimes turn into avoidance of the dentist, which negatively affects a patient’s health and quality of life.
As it relates to the drill, Supremia Dentistry uses a number of effective yet “light-touch” technologies to treat a range of conditions. Instead of using a drill and scalpel, lasers may be employed for fillings, to reshape gums, or remove disease-causing bacteria.
As it relates to extraction, Supremia Dentistry takes a conservative approach. Instead of root canal therapy followed by a dental crown, Dr. Suh may recommend inlays and onlays to restore the tooth’s appearance and function. If a tooth must be extracted, this is a last resort. Instead of a conventional bridge, a dental implant-supported tooth is preferred as this tooth replacement option most closely resembles the design of your natural tooth.
Dr. Suh appreciates you may be fearful of anesthesia. You may be concerned over a perceived lack of control. Dr. Suh uses conscious oral sedation, which is another way of saying you will be prescribed a pill to ease your fears.
The doctor will give you specific instructions about when to take the pill. Importantly, you will be conscious and awake throughout the procedure yet unable to be bothered by the sounds, smells, and sensations during the procedure! You can even watch TV or listen to music. Time will fly by.
This type of sedation provides the best of both worlds: The ability to calm even the most fearful patients, while also allowing for patients to remain in control as you will remain awake (unlike other deep sedation options).
No one element makes for “gentle dentistry” in Wake Forest. Bring your questions or concerns to the Supremia Dentistry team. Call 919 556 6200 to schedule an appointment.