What a difference a few centuries make

Dental AnxietyToday’s modern dental visit can be part tooth care and part exciting, stylish makeover. What with teeth whitening, implants, invisible braces, and even Botox, we’re not only able to take care of our teeth, but we’re also able to enhance our appearance. But not everyone is happy at the prospect of going to the dentist. And some of this thinking is rooted in the history of dentistry.

In the past, “blacksmith-barber-surgeons” saw to our oral health

If a person found themselves with a toothache prior to the 1800s, there wasn’t much to be done besides pull it, with whiskey as the only anesthetic. Using a crude, often dirty pliers, or a string tied around the tooth, the neighborhood blacksmith-barber-surgeon would perform the extraction with, at best, the sound of a drum in the background, beaten loudly to distract the patient. And to advertise their amazing tooth-puller services, many hung rows of rotten teeth outside their shops.

These days, people truly don’t need to fear the dentist

Modern treatments and techniques are designed to be quicker, quieter and virtually pain free. For our patients who are still fearful of dental visits, however, we offer many options for helping them relax during procedures.

Keep calm and carry on

Are you having a lengthy procedure? Do you have low tolerance for pain? Are your teeth ultra-sensitive? Do you have a strong gag reflex? Or are you just extremely scared of any dental procedure? If you answer yes to one or more of these questions, our sedation dentistry options could help:

Oral sedation

A prescription pill is taken about an hour prior to a procedure, and has been found to relax and calm our most fearful patients.

No Drill Dentistry

For some patients, it’s the sound and vibrations from the dental drill that cause their anxiety. The Solea laser used at Flax Dental eliminates the need for a drill, and possibly any anesthetic or sedation.

Before your next procedure, let’s discuss your fears and see if sedation can calm them. New patients call: (855) 997-2639; Current patients call: (404) 255-9080

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