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What is Sedation Dentistry

Published on November 15, 2009 by in Sedation Dentistry


Not many patients welcome the idea of going through dental treatments and procedures and would avoid going to the dentist no matter how necessary they are. Many experience anxiety and fear, and some even exhibit symptoms of “dentophobia.” Bad experiences, an uncaring dentist, even the mere sight of dental instruments can trigger dentophobia.

Dentophobia, or fear of dentists and dental procedures, is a term that has come to encompass very specific fears associated with the entire dental experience, i.e., fear of dental instruments, needles, pain, numbness, choking, anaesthetics and even fear of embarrassment.

Although statistics may vary in measuring dentophobia, researchers are one in identifying it as the primary reason why people seemingly prefer to let their teeth go rather than do something about their dental problems before they arise.

For patients who are too afraid to undergo dental treatments and procedures, Dental Arts recommends sedation dentistry. Dental Arts’ Dr. Tarun Agarwal, skilled in sedation dentistry (Raleigh NC), helps patients deal with their fear and anxiety. Raleigh, NC sedation dentistry patients benefit greatly from his skills as well as his caring ministrations.

What is sedation dentistry?

Sedation dentistry is the practice of using sedatives to help dental patients go through dental treatment in a relaxed and calm state. Dental Arts’ Dr. Agarwal is a Raleigh NC sedation dentistry expert who guarantees a pain-free, anxiety-free and relaxing dental experience, while giving patients that perfect smile at the end of the process.

What sedation methods does sedation dentistry (Raleigh NC) entail?

Administration of nitrous oxide or “laughing gas” treatment. Non-allergic and non-irritating, almost everyone can have nitrous oxide. This method allows patients to drive home right after their dental appointment.

Administration of oral sedation treatment. This is the safest and most-widely-used method employed by dentists in the U.S. and Canada today. Patients orally take pills that help them control their anxiety. They remain conscious, though drowsy and relaxed, and they remember little, if anything.

Direct injection of sedatives into the blood vessels or IV sedation. Of the three, this method induces the deepest level of relaxation. As in the previous method, patients remain conscious, and remember very little of their time at the dentist’s office.