We are committed to continuously improving access to our goods and services by individuals with disabilities. This website is currently being updated to enhance the usability and experience for persons with disabilities. If you are unable to use any aspect of this website because of a disability, please call 978.470.4555 and we will provide you with prompt personalized assistance.


If You Dread the Dentist, Ask About These Treatments

Posted by: Dr. Sirakian     Categories: Dentistry

Many people cringe at the thought of sliding into the dentist’s chair. For some people, even the idea of opening their mouth wide to the bright lights of the exam room is enough to make their hearts beat faster and for their words to catch in their throat. So, if you like so many others dread going to the dentist, then you will want to read this.

There are multiple things that your dentist can do to make your experience less frightening, and with nearly 1 in 25 people being dental-phobic, dentists are more than willing to lend a helping hand. In fact, make sure that you have a dentist who is comforting and helps meet your needs, whatever they may be. Next time you make an appointment, ask about these techniques to help ease your dental anxiety.

Pain-free injections

If your biggest issue with the dentist is needles, then this is the tip for you. Ask your dentist about other forms of anesthetics such as gel, spray or rinse. These forms of anesthetics numb the area before you get a shot. Using this technique means that you won’t feel the needle at all.

Spa-like experience

Have you ever been to a spa? If so, you remember the dim lights, calming music, warm blankets, and soothing atmosphere. Ask your dentist if they can help you emulate this environment. Some dentists come equipped with headsets that play music or movies to help relax and distract the patient. Some dentists even try aromatherapy and sound machines to create ultimate calm for their patients. Implementing these things could create a calming atmosphere instead of an anxiety-riddled one.

Total relaxation

To get totally relaxed while in the chair, your dentist might recommend some form of sedation. Sedation dentistry has been proven to calm patients and allows them to get all the work they need done without suffering from extreme anxiety during the procedure.

Ask your dentist about these options for a healthier and happier dental visit.


Diet Soda Habit as Bad for Teeth as Meth Addiction, Study Claims

Between the crack of the bottle cap, the bubbly fizz, the first refreshing sip, and zero calories to boot—diet soda can be totally addicting. But is it possible to enjoy this delight without any side effects? A new study states that diet soda could indeed be as “damaging to teeth as methamphetamine, or cocaine.” When […]


Are you better off without toothpaste?

When you think of dental hygiene, a toothbrush and toothpaste immediately come to mind. A cult has been built around toothpaste – a thousand different varieties, brands, flavors, and functions exist. Each new commercial touts a different dentist’s recommendation, and consumers are left baffled in the drugstore aisle wondering if whitening specialties really work. Unfortunately, […]


Recognizing and Treating Gingivitis

When we think about oral health, one of the major parts of our mouth that can cause problems is the gum. If gums become red and often bleed, it may be an indication of gum disease. There are two different types of gum disease. One is called gingivitis and the other, periodontitis. Periodontitis is the […]


Bridges vs. Implants

If you are missing several teeth you know how difficult it can be. Missing teeth can cause problems with speech, chewing, and in some more serious cases, even the overall shape of the face. While these challenges may seem difficult and impossible to fix, there are things that can be done to restore your smile […]

69 Park Street, Andover, MA 01810
| |
Fax: 978.470.8844
  • Call 978.470.4555 or fill out the form below.

[contact-form-7 id="244" title="Request Appointment"]
[contact-form-7 id="1341" title="A04 Appointment"]