While most people enjoy having a bright, healthy smile, few people actually enjoy having their teeth cleaned. In fact, up to 20% of adults experience dental anxiety that interferes with their oral care. Some skip routine cleanings, while others live with mouth pain because it seems more bearable than having a root canal. However, your teeth are one problem that, if ignored, may actually go away.
Dental issues that go unchecked can lead to tooth decay and loss. Fortunately, sedation dentistry can offer some patients the comfort they need to overcome their dental anxiety and allow a dentist to provide preventative care and treatment.
What Is Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry is the use of medication to help a patient relax during a dental procedure. Our office offers three levels of sedation:
Fear and anxiety are not the only reasons a patient may request sedation dentistry. Some patients have especially sensitive teeth or a sensitive gag reflex. Others may require extensive work and fear they will be unable to remain still for the duration of the treatment. Children, patients with special needs and adults with dementia may also require special care. If you are interested in sedation dentistry for any reason, contact Dr. Kolnick, an endodontist in White Plains, NY, at 914.750.4033 to discuss your options.