Why Sedation Dentistry Is So Popular — And Effective
Surveys indicate that more than 60% of people are anxious about going to the dentist, with up to 15% of people so anxious they avoid the dentist almost totally. In Guntersville, Albertville and Arab areas, that means thousands of people suffer from some degree of dental phobia.
Sedation dentistry offers an excellent solution to allow those patients to visit the dentist without anxiety. It provides a relaxing experience for people receiving dental treatment, and enables individuals too afraid to go to the dentist to receive the care they need without the common feelings of apprehension.
We use a procedure called Oral Conscious Sedation, which uses prescribed sedatives to establish a relaxed, easy and calm state. After thoroughly reviewing your medical history, one of our dentists will prescribe a sedative drug to be taken at home prior to your appointment, and again on the morning of your visit. You must have a friend or family member drive you to the dental office, and then back home. During the dental treatment, you will feel calm and relaxed. You will not be “unconscious”, but many patients do fall asleep during the procedure. A local anesthetic will be administered via injection to eliminate any discomfort from the affected teeth and gum tissue. Because this occurs after you are already sedated and comfortable, you will likely not be bothered by the injection. You will feel the effects of the sedation for a few hours after treatment, so you must have a friend or family member to drive you home. To learn how sedation dentistry can help you, please call us at 582-CARE or ask our staff during your next appointment.