When it comes to seeing a dentist, an estimated seven in ten people experience anxiety. These anxieties can have severe consequences when they deter patients from receiving regular and thorough dental care. Unfortunately, neglecting routine dental care often results in more serious dental and overall health problems – as many as 30% of highly anxious patients end up delaying dental visits until they find themselves in an emergency situation. Such problems often require extensive, expensive treatments that are avoidable with regular dental care.
Understanding Sedation Dentistry
Sedation dentistry allows the patient to experience reduced levels of anxiety and fear during a dental procedure. With sedation dentistry, the patient will be in a deep state of relaxation and will make an hours-long procedure feel as though it took only minutes. The patient will be able to respond to verbal commands and can breathe on his or her own. Patients may have little to no memory of their experience, including the sounds and smells of the dental office. They will be relaxed, safe and comfortable.
Let Dr. Berzin Help You Overcome Dental Anxiety
In addition to helping patients with anxiety and fear, sedation dentistry offers an effective solution for patients with special needs, such as being unresponsive to local anesthetics, a sensitive gag reflex, or difficulty keeping their mouths open for extended periods of time. Sedation dentistry is also a welcome alternative to ease the treatment of patients with certain medical conditions, or physical or developmental disabilities.
If you fear the thought of visiting the dentist, Sedation Dentistry at City Dental Center can help.
To learn even more, download our free A Patient’s Guide to Sedation Dentistry.