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Dental Anxiety & Pain Relief

What Can I Do About Dental-Related Pain or Anxiety?

Here in Ann Arbor, Dr. Dina Cocco and the rest of our staff work very hard to create the most pleasing atmosphere possible for our valued patients – but despite all of that effort, we also understand that the dentist’s office probably isn’t everyone’s favorite place to be. If you’re here, it’s likely that you’re experiencing a serious dental pain or injury that needs our help, and you may be scared as well. Thankfully, you can rest assured that we’ll care for you in a safe and soothing fashion that always puts your needs first. Please contact us today if you have any questions, or if you’re ready to schedule your first appointment.

Help! I Have a Dental Emergency!

Woman in pain with ice pack to faceBy nature, dental emergencies tend to be sudden, panic-inducing, and extremely inconvenient. When you or a loved one ends up in this situation, it’s important to remain calm and pick up the phone to call Dr. Cocco’s office right away. We make time for you as soon as possible – even on the same day as your initial contact – and our team’s goal will be to provide relief right away from the scary situation you’re experiencing.

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Why Does My Jaw Feel Sore and Stiff?

Woman in pain holding her jawThis is typically a sign of either bruxism (also known as “teeth grinding”) or TMJ disorder. TMJ disorder occurs when the patient’s temporomandibular joints become aggravated or strained. This is a big problem because these little joints are what allow you to eat and speak, and TMJ disorder can result in severe, even debilitating bodily pain. Thankfully, our team can diagnose your TMJ disorder and provide you with effective treatment options.

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How Can I Feel Less Nervous About Seeing the Dentist?

Woman in dental chair during treatmentDental phobia is a serious problem that affects patients of all ages, keeping them from receiving the regular oral healthcare their smiles need to thrive. We always take extra time to accommodate patients who are nervous or fearful about visiting the dentist, and Dr. Dina Cocco has a solution that can help soothe your frazzled nerves: nitrous oxide. With nitrous oxide, patients can feel truly relaxed throughout the treatment process. After all, your comfort is a number one priority for us! If you’re interested in scheduling a visit here in Ann Arbor, MI, please contact us today.

What is Nitrous Oxide?

Patient with nitrous oxide max over noseMost people know nitrous oxide by a different name – laughing gas! This substance is a mild and completely safe sedative that our team will administer through a nasal mask. After the patient has settled in the chair and had the mask fastened in place, they should start to feel calmer within minutes. Although you will remain conscious throughout your appointment, you should feel at ease. If the effects are too light or too strong, our team can also easily adjust the flow of gas at any time to ensure that you’re truly as comfortable as possible.

After your treatment has been completed, and you have recovered from the effects of nitrous oxide, the mask is removed. This is ideal for busy patients because you don’t have any downtime.

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