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Sedation Dentistry, the cure for dental fear.

Sedation Dentistry in Grafton MA

Why are some people scared of the dentist?

It is estimated that about 75% of Americans have some degree of dental anxiety. About 5-10% of people experience severe dental phobia and they avoid going to the dentist at any cost. Dental fear may arise from bad past experiences; hearing negative things from others about their dental treatment; negative portrayal of dentistry in mass media; feeling of lack of control, etc. People who experience extreme dental fear can get trapped in a cycle of neglect and avoid taking care of their dental problems. This makes things worse and increase their fear.

How to reduce dental anxiety?

Modern dental practice offers several methods to overcome dental fear. Firstly, find a dental practice where you feel comfortable. Always inform the dental staff about your anxiety so they can help you better. One good experience can change your view of whole world of dentistry.

How can sedation dentistry help you?

For people who feel anxious during dental treatment, sedation dentistry is an excellent choice. Different sedation techniques can be used for your treatment. This depends on the treatment needs and extent of dental anxiety.

  • Single dose oral sedation. – In this technic a single dose of medication is prescribed which is taken about an hour before the appointment. By the time the treatment start, the patient is calm and sedated, yet able to respond. Most of the patients do not recall the treatment at all and are very comfortable during the treatment.
  • Nitrous oxide– also called laughing gas, nitrous oxide is very effective in relieving anxiety in children. It can be used as a standalone or adjunct to oral sedation modalities.
  • Intravenous sedation and general anesthesia – for patients with extensive treatment needs and extreme dental fear, IV sedation and general anesthesia are best options. These techniques are usually by a qualified dental anesthesiologist.
  • There is no need to avoid your dental care for the fear of dentistry. At Grafton Dental Care, we offer various sedation options, from Oral sedation to General anesthesia.

    Contact us to find out which option is right for you.

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