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Managing your fear about going to the dentist

The dreaded Dentist. As many as 75% of Americans have a fear of the Dentist. Whether you had a bad experience as a child or as an adult. It is a memory or feeling that has had a strong impact in keeping you from returning. What we haven’t realized is that there have been so many changes, improvements and new technology that have been developed in the dental field in the past years. The development of Digital X-rays has made a once very uncomfortable experience into a much more tolerable one, and not to mention it has also reduced the amount of radiation exposure down by 80%. Now if your fear is related to the noises around you (the drill or sound of the suctions) you can always bring headphones and listen to your favorite tunes during the procedure. This will help drown out the noises and make it a much more pleasant experience. If your fear is a much more serious one, Sedation Dentistry may be your best option. The most common form of sedation used would be what is known as “Laughing Gas” (Nitrous Oxide). A combination of nitrous and oxygen is inhaled through a mask that’s placed over your nose. This helps the patient relax. Your dentist can control the amount of sedation you receive, and the gas tends to wear off quickly. This is the only form of sedation where you may be able to drive yourself home after the procedure. There is also a much stronger form of sedation known as Oral Sedation. A pill similar to Valium is taken about an hour before...
Face your fears with sedation dentistry

Face your fears with sedation dentistry

There are people who delayed going to the dentist because of an unexplained fear or worst, a fear that is deep-rooted in one’s childhood dental experience. Unexplained dental fear is often called dental anxiety, while dental phobia is an intense, serious fear of any dental procedures; this might be brought about by a negative childhood dental experience. So, how does a dentist go about in treating dental problems of those with dental anxiety or dental phobia? Simple, they use the technique called sedation dentistry. What is sedation dentistry? It is a dental technique which uses medications to calm an anxious patient during a dental procedure. Depending on your condition and the type of the procedure to be performed, your dentist decides on what level of sedation you need to be put through. Levels of sedation dentistry are: • Minimal sedation – The patient is awake and coherent but relaxed. It is often achieved through the use of an inhaled sedative or an oral sedative. An inhaled sedative, like nitrous oxide, relaxes a patient just by inhaling it. Minimal sedation through a pill is done by controlling the dosage of an oral sedative. Benzodiazepines, such as Halcion, are often used during dental sedation. • Moderate sedation – The patient is awake but remembers little or no memory of what has happened during the procedure. Moderate sedation is achieved through larger doses of oral sedatives. • Deep sedation – The patient is at the edge of consciousness but still can be roused by a stimulant. Deep sedation is achieved through intravenous (IV) sedatives. The discovery of sedation dentistry is favorable for...