A study by the University of Washington’s Dental Fears Research Clinic found that up to three-quarters of adult Americans have some level of fear of going to the dentist. One way that dentists combat dental anxiety is by administering sedation to patients. Sedation is a way to encourage patients to get the dental treatments that they sorely need, with the reassurance of minimal discomfort. Learn how Dr. Jason Botts of Botts Dental Spa, a popular Collierville dentist office, fights dental anxiety in patients with sedation dentistry.
About Dental Anxiety
If the mere mention of the word “dentist” makes you cringe, you may have a form of dental anxiety. It’s common to be nervous about sitting in the dentist’s chair, but when it becomes a fear that’s strong enough to prevent you from getting a required procedure, it is problematic. There is a dental anxiety scale that ranges from “not anxious” to “extremely anxious.” At its most advanced, it can become a phobia (a paralyzing fear that can have an impact on your life and health). The American Dental Association estimates that about 10 percent of Americans are “dental phobics.”
Oral Sedation Dentistry
Sedation is used to relax the nerves and allow you to have a comfortable experience at the dentist’s office. Dr. Botts offers oral sedation, which is preferred by many patients because it doesn’t require the use of needed. With oral sedation, you’ll take a pill about an hour before your appointment that will make the procedure fly by. You must have a trusted friend or family member present with you for oral sedation.
Procedures that Call for Sedation
This type of sedation is recommended when the patient has an advanced form of dental anxiety. There are a few procedures that may qualify for an oral sedative:
- - Root canals
- - Cavity fillings
- - Periodontal gum therapy
- - Dental implantation
- - Extractions
Make the Call Today
So many dental patients with anxiety avoid calling the dentist to get the help that they need due to their fears. If this has been your situation in the past, call Dr. Botts at (901) 737-2200 today to learn about the sedation options available to you at Botts Dental Spa in Collierville.