Sedation Dentistry in Boston and Waltham, MA

At Aesthetic Smile Reconstruction, our top priority is your safety and comfort. We understand that for many patients, a visit to the dentist can cause anxiety, trigger a phobia, or remind you of past trauma. We strive to create an environment you can relax in, and we will accommodate your needs to the best of our ability.

Sedation Dentistry Fears

Thousands of people suffer from overwhelming fear associated with dental sedation and oral procedures. This can stem from a fear of needles or drills, as well as prior experiences in a dental office. It can also be exacerbated by extreme gag reflexes, causing extreme discomfort and leading to a feeling of panic.

If you suffer from dental phobia, then Aesthetic Smile Reconstruction is the place for you. We are committed to understanding and easing your fears during your visit. Our staff will treat you with delicacy and care during IV sedation dentistry in our Boston office, helping you to relax and experience a different kind of dental visit. Dr. Sutera will work hard to ensure the procedures are performed with gentle precision while you enjoy a sleep-like state.

Dental Anxiety is Not Uncommon

Studies have shown that up to 15% of Americans experience some level of dental related fear and 9-20% avoid dental care because of it. You are not alone in feeling nervous, anxious, or even afraid of dental procedures. However, you can rest assured that you are in good hands, and know that we will assist you in addressing concerns and promoting relaxation.

Dental Anxiety vs. Dental Phobia

Specific symptoms and fears associated with dental anxiety and phobia can vary among patients, so it is important to be up-front with your doctor about anything that concerns you. You will also want to inform staff of whether your fears have been mild to moderate in the past and if there has been anything that has helped you to relax. While some patients experience a general apprehension or nervousness about their visit, others become completely overwhelmed and sometimes irrational. These are things you should discuss with your doctor so appropriate measures can be taken to help you. Do not avoid dental care altogether!

We Can Help!

Whatever your individual level of anxiety may be, our office is committed to making sure your visit is as comfortable, quick, and easy as possible. There are many solutions for dental anxiety and we are ready to help.

Here are a few popular methods for easing anxiety in the dental office:

Start by letting us know what you are afraid of and allowing us to walk you through the procedure. In many cases, incorrect or outdated information is the source of the problem, and we can help you to understand what we will be doing and why.

Calming Techniques:
Many patients find it helpful to use specific calming techniques like those listed below.

  • Practice controlled breathing.
  • Find something in the room to focus on or distract you.
  • Bring headphones and listen to music, a book, a podcast, etc.

Oral Sedation:
Oral sedation can be a great tool for remaining calm, particularly if the source of the phobia is a fear of needles.

IV Sedation:
IV sedation dentistry is a popular method because it allows for precision in the application of sedatives, meaning the doctor is better able to control the amount of sedation and the patient’s comfort levels. Dr. Sutera is a national leader in IV sedation dentistry, as well as one of only a few restorative dentists that is board certified in IV sedation dentistry in Boston.

Taking Breaks:
Let us know if you would like to take a short break during your treatment by signaling with your left hand.

What to Expect

When you come to see us at our Boston office for the first time, we will begin with a consultation and discuss treatment recommendations. Learn more about what to expect at your first visit. We are also happy to discuss payment options and go over estimated costs. Keep in mind that individual treatments vary, making it difficult to know the exact expense upfront, but we will communicate with you every step of the way.

Oral health is important for the health of your entire body. We can help you get the care you need, even if you are apprehensive about your visit. Contact us today to make an appointment or with questions about IV sedation dentistry here in Boston. Call 781-487-1111.