Snoozing in the Dental Chair
New Treatment Offers hope for the Dental Phobic
By Dr. Ushma Patel from Center For Advanced Dentistry
Are you afraid of the dentist or have been putting it off ? For some people going to the dentist can be a terrifying experience. The drills, the smells and oh, that awful needle!
But now there’s a new way for the dentally challenged to get their needed treatment without having to go through all the fear and anxiety. And, what’s more, they likely won’t even remember going to the dentist.
It’s called “Sedation Dentistry” and is available right now at Dr Ushma Patel’s dental office.
“The way it works is quite simple,” says Johns Creek dentist Dr. Ushma Patel. “One hour before the appointment the patient simply takes a pill that we have dispensed to them. By the time they arrive for their appointment they are very relaxed.”
The patient is then escorted to the dental chair. They gradually progress to a deeper level of sedation but are still able to respond to their environment and to questions from the doctor. Dr. Patel explains, “The patient will feel no pain and in fact will have little or no memory of the experience after it’s all over.”
The patient’s vital signs are constantly monitored throughout the treatment. “When they awaken a friend drives them home and in an hour or so they are pretty much back to normal,” says Dr. Patel. “The best part is that they have no bad memories, and they don’t experience any pain or anxiety.”
The patient isn’t “knocked out” or in total sedation like they would be for a surgery. The level of sedation isn’t that deep, but just deep enough so that they feel nothing but are still conscious Dr. Patel says, “We find that while some patients have a deep fear of dental treatment, there are many who also have a deeper fear of being “put under.” Their actual fear centers around losing control or not being able to perceive what’s going on around them. Sedation Dentistry is a happy medium. They are still under control and understand what’s happening – they just don’t feel anything or have any anxiety about it.”
Is Sedation Dentistry only for dental chickens? Dr. Patel says no. “Some people, while they are not at all afraid of dental treatment, are highly resistant to anesthetic. They just can’t get numb. Other people simply don’t have the time to make repeated visits to the dentist and would rather have all their work done in one longer visit. Sedation Dentistry takes care of both problems.”
Since dental phobics tend to put off their dental care, sometimes for many years, they usually need quite a bit of treatment – sort of a Catch 22 situation. But with Sedation Dentistry, literally years of treatment can be accomplished in just a single visit.
For more information on Sedation Dentistry in Atlanta, Georgia and surrounding cities of Suwanee, Johns Creek, Alpharetta, Cumming, Duluth, Roswell call Dr. Ushma Patel at 770-884-7151 or visit them on the web at http://www.JohnsCreekSedationDentist.com.