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Aug 18, 2010 12:32 PM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Afraid of the dentist? Patients turn to sedation

Plenty of people to have anxieties about going to the dentist. Some are turning to sedation to make the visit a bit easier.

Christy King, like 20 percent of Americans, avoided some trips to the dentist because of a dental phobia.

Neglecting to get that care for your mouth can cause gum disease and a host of other problems. To put Christy's dental fears aside, Dr. Tim Robinson did her procedures using sedation dentistry.

"For a lot of people it's so much easier because it reduces their anxiety to where they're just basically so relaxed," he explains.

Providing that relaxed feeling is a prescription sedative. It's taken the night before a procedure to guarantee a good night's sleep, so the patient feels relaxed during the procedure the next day.

It's what Dr. Robinson calls conscience sedation. "They can still respond to verbal commands, they're breathing on their own, some sleep and snore while they're in the chair," he says.

The patient is so comfortable it allows for a more efficient trip to the dentist. "I was able to get all the work done within a short period of time due to the sedation," King said after her appointment.

Patients usually feel no discomfort or residual effects afterwards and sedation medications have an amnesic effect, so they have very little memory of the procedure.

 

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