The mere thought of entering a dental office induces fear, anxiety and stress in a number of individuals. Whether such fear derives from past dental experiences, embarrassment over the appearance of the mouth or anything in between, it keeps many patients from receiving dental treatments to improve the state of their oral health.
Patients who have a difficult time relaxing in the dental chair may benefit from receiving oral sedation dentistry services along with local anesthetic. By taking a prescription sedative pill an hour or so prior to the appointment, patients are relieved of dental fear, anxiety and other factors obstructing care and able to receive necessary treatment while completely relaxed. The sedative effects of the medication do last for some time, and patients are therefore required to have a companion drive them to and from the appointment.
Local dental anesthesia is used to numb tissues and provide comfort for many dental procedures, while oral sedation is administered to eliminate dental fear and anxiety. If you have been avoiding dental treatment due to fear, embarrassment or other reasons, you may be a candidate for oral sedation dentistry combined with local anesthetic. Contact your dentist for a consultation to discuss sedation options for dental treatment.
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