Easing Dental Anxiety with Oral Conscious Sedation
By Steven Kail on February 22, 2013
Most patients realize how important oral health is. Not only is our oral health the key to keeping a healthy and beautiful smile, but it has also been linked to our overall physical condition. However, despite this knowledge, there are still many patients who avoid necessary oral health care because they have a fear of the dentist. Our Jackson cosmetic dentists at the Premier Dental Center do not believe that anyone’s oral health should suffer as a result of dental anxiety. That is why we offer our patients in Jackson oral conscious sedation to get them through their dental appointments without fear or discomfort.
What Is Oral Conscious Sedation?
Oral conscious sedation is achieved after the patient takes an oral medication. Patients will be instructed to take the oral medication before the start of their dental appointment and may be given additional medication throughout the appointment, as necessary. Patients who are put under oral conscious sedation will be in a state of deep relaxation for their dental appointment. Many patients reach such a state of relaxation that they are almost asleep.
Candidates for Oral Conscious Sedation
Studies show that up to 30 percent of patients suffer from fear of the dentist. This may prevent patients from getting necessary dental work when oral health problems are present. For some patients, the fear is so severe that they neglect even the most basic dental exams and cleanings. Patients who are likely candidates for oral conscious sedation are those who have avoided dental work for any of the following reasons:
- A deep fear or anxiety regarding dental care
- Patients who suffer from chronic jaw pain and have difficulty keeping their mouth open throughout long dental appointments
- Patients who have a strong gag reflex
- Patients who do not get numb under local anesthesia
For all of these patients, our Jackson sedation dentist can use oral conscious sedation to help patients reach a state of comfort and relaxation that allows them to sit through even the most extensive dental work without any feelings of anxiety or discomfort.
Benefits of Oral Conscious Sedation
Sedation dentistry is a treatment that makes dental appointments more pleasant for our patients. Free from the fears that have held them back, our patients can finally seek the treatment needed to improve the health and appearance of the smile. Oral conscious sedation provides patients with the following benefits:
- Safe application under the supervision of sedation dentistry experts
- Relief from fear and discomfort
- Ability to undergo dental procedures to improve oral health and aesthetics
Schedule an Appointment
Have you been avoiding the dentist because of anxiety? Do not let your fear compromise your oral health. Everyone deserves a smile that is healthy and beautiful. With the application of oral conscious sedation, our patients at the Premier Dental Center can get the care they require in a safe and comfortable setting, free of anxiety. Schedule an appointment with one of our dentists to learn more about sedation dentistry.
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