Hello, I’m Dr. Patel, keeping you informed about Dentistry Today.
I see it all the time. Apprehension. Dread. Nervousness. According to the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation (DOCS), nearly 1 in 3 people avoid dental visits due to fear. Without regular visits, oral health continues to deteriorate over a person’s lifetime. This can lead to health problems ranging from tooth sensitivity to gum disease, and social uneasiness about odorous breath or feeling embarrassed to smile. The good news is the dental industry has made tremendous advances in order to help reluctant patients receive the care they need. This Johns Creek Dentist does this through the comfort of sedation dentistry.
You may remember old methodologies such as “laughing gas” (nitrous oxide) or an injection to sedate patients. Don’t worry; those practices went out with cassette tapes and rotary phones. With today’s technology, we administer a tiny pill that will allow you to remain fully conscious while experiencing little to no discomfort or memory of your dental work.
And the good news about sedation dentistry is that it allows those who have been neglecting their oral care to make major advances in the health of their mouth and smile in just one visit. With sedation dentistry, I can perform complex dental treatments in one appointment where it would have taken multiple visits to achieve the same results in the past.
So how do you decide if sedation dentistry is right for you? If you feel anxious about coming to the dentist, have sensitive teeth, suffer complex dental problems, or have an easily triggered gag reflex, talk to us about sedation. I’ve been fully trained by the American Dental Association (ADA) to provide you with the safest and most comfortable experience, and our staff goes the extra mile to put you at ease with amenities you might not expect from a dental office. With sedation dentistry, you can finally set your fears aside. You’ll soon be smiling from genuine relief and to show off your healthy mouth.
Now if they only had something to help dentists overcome our fear of patients who bite…
Until next time, live well, laugh often, and don’t forget to floss!