Few people are excited to see the dentist, and it’s completely normal. However, being completely paralyzed by fear and postponing dental care can take a toll on your oral health. According to the director of the Dental Fears Research Clinic at the University of Washington in Seattle, 20% of Americans are so anxious that they see the dentist only when absolutely necessary, while 58% avoid dentists altogether because of fear. Monroe, LA dentist Dr. Finley and Dr. Henderson aim to change all that with oral sedation. As someone who still remembers traumatic experiences going to the dentist as a child, Dr. Finley strives to make your visit comfortable, positive, and pleasant. He and his team are trained in handling fearful patients, and they use several methods to reduce pain and relieve anxiety.
What is Oral Sedation?
One of the most effective ways to relieve dental anxiety is oral sedation dentistry. Oral sedation is the use of medication to help patients relax during dental procedures. You take a pill like Halcion or Restoril several minutes before your appointment to help you relax before entering the treatment room. Oral sedatives will keep you calm and make you a bit sleepy.
However, you are conscious during the procedure and can respond to instructions from your dentist. If you do fall asleep, Dr. Finley can easily wake you up. The best part of oral conscious sedation is that no needles are used. Simply take a pill and wait to feel the relaxing effects.
Dr. Finley is certified to administer oral conscious sedation for anxious and fearful patients. Any procedure can be performed under conscious sedation, but it is particularly helpful if you are very fearful and undergoing complicated or lengthy treatment.
Make your next appointment absolutely stress-free with oral sedation. Schedule a consultation with your Monroe, LA dentist today! Call 318-302-4236 or use our online form to schedule your anxiety-free appointment today.