If you are one of those people who do not look forward to going to the dental clinic, chances are you are one of the millions of Americans who experience some degree of dental anxiety. If you are the type who would only be willing to receive dental care only when absolutely necessary, then you belong to around 20% of the population who have what is called dental fear. But if you’re the kind that will endure tooth aches, gum disease and lost teeth just to avoid seeing the dentist at all cost because of a past traumatic dental experience, then you form part of the almost 10% who have what is known as a dental phobia.
Fortunately for Washington residents, there’s a Kennewick dentist that can help patients manage their dental anxiety, fear or phobia so they can receive the dental treatment they need. With Dr. Walter G. Hadley’s specialized training on sedation dentistry, patients can now enjoy a more pleasant experience sitting on the dentist’s chair.
Benefits of Sedation Dentistry
Sedation dentistry has gained popularity among patients and dentists because it benefits both parties.
For patients, besides the increased comfort and control over bad gag reflexes, it is ideal for those who have very sensitive teeth, have difficulties getting numb and have limited time to complete the dental procedures.
By helping patients relax as they undergo examination or treatment, dentists can accomplish more with fewer appointments and can work on complex dental issues and cases that require extensive treatment.
How Sedation Dentistry is Done
An hour before his/her appointment, a patients takes a sedative pill to reduce the anxiety and help the patient relax. The sedation may range from minimal to moderate where the patient can still respond to stimulation, or may go as far as deep sedation where the patient becomes unconscious.
Say Goodbye to your Dental Fears
For those patients fraught with dental anxiety, fear or phobia, set an appointment now with our Washington dental office through 509-591-0515 to enjoy excellent oral and dental health.