For many, fear is synonymous with the dentist. Many individuals have anxiety related to visiting the dentist, whether it is because of a past traumatic experience as a child, pain they had to deal with as an adult, or just the overall lack of knowledge about a procedure. It leaves the patient feeling as though he or she has no control over the situation, causing panic about heading to the dentist's chair.
It is essential that those who deal with dread and anxiety about an approaching dental appointment talk to their dentist about their fears. In many cases, a dentist can explain what s/he is doing throughout the procedure in order to keep the patient informed. Many times, this is enough to relax a patient during the visit. But sometimes, the additional assistance of conscious sedation is needed.
Conscious sedation offers a benefit to both patient and dentist. Not only is the patient relaxed and able to sit through the procedure without feeling fretful. The dentist can complete the procedure more efficiently without having to deal with a squirming client who causes delays for the dentist because of anxiety.
Unlike other sedation methods, conscious sedation allows the individual to be awake and aware of the procedure, but it keeps him or her from experiencing extreme dental anxiety. Depending on the method of conscious sedation (oral sedation, IV, or inhalation sedation), the individual will feel extremely relaxed, as if they have enjoyed a couple of glasses of wine. This is typically enough to allow the dentist to complete the necessary procedure easily and comfortably.
If you find yourself avoiding the dentist because of mild to moderate fear or anxiety of the dentist's chair, it is time to see a doctor who specializes in conscious sedation. Dr. Crowl is able to complete any routine procedure with conscious sedation, and can help you feel at ease about your next dental appointment.
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