Greenville, SC dentist offers oral sedation to ease anxiety
It is estimated that 9% to 15% of Americans have anxieties about visiting the dentist. For some patients, the fear is significant enough to keep them from going to the dentist altogether. Not maintaining regular dental appointments negatively affects your dental health. Located in Greenville, SC, Dr. Palmer, Dr. Knause and the team at Palmer Distinctive Dentistry offer oral sedation to ease patients’ anxieties. Our practice wants you to have a positive visit.
What is oral conscious sedation?
For patients with notable anxiety, management methods are available. Pre-planning is necessary as this form of sedation involves a calming oral medication that is prescribed and taken ahead of time to ensure a smooth appointment. The medication is effective about an hour after it is taken. At this point, patients are awake but drowsy and calm. All of their original fears and anxieties are gone and replaced with a feeling of deep relaxation. Because the drowsiness lasts a few hours, patients need someone to drive them to and from the appointment and to possibly help with any initial post care needs.
Benefits of oral conscious sedation may include the following:
- The medication leaves patients feeling calm and relaxed so their dental fears disappear and do not interfere with the actual procedure.
- Patients are awake and can communicate with the dentist during the appointment.
- Most patients have no memory of the appointment which helps ease their stress for future visits to the dentist.
Remember that your first appointment is a consultation and no treatments will be done. Use this time to discuss your concerns with the dentist. Oral conscious sedation is not necessary for all patients. Some patients simply worry about the unknown in a dental appointment and may benefit from a thorough discussion of what may occur during their treatment. Individuals with more severe fears may need a calming medication.
Ease your dental fears with sedation dentistry. Schedule your appointment with Palmer Distinctive Dentistry today. (864) 332-4113