Michael S. Saoud, DMD
201 Centennial Street P.O. Box 2503
La Plata, MD 20646
Get Over Your Dental Fear and Anxiety With Sedation Dentistry
For millions of people, sedation dentistry is a dream come true. It is estimated that a third of all Americans avoid receiving dental care due to fear and anxiety. Most are unaware that dentistry can be accomplished safely and comfortably with the use of sedation techniques. In fact, sedation dentistry has been in use for over 30 years with an amazing track record. Patients that avoided the dentist until problems became overwhelming have been pleasantly surprised to learn how easy and painless sedation dentistry can be.
Sedation dentistry can and should be tailored to each individual patients needs. Following a thorough exam, review of the patients overall health and discussion of the patients needs and desires, a proper course of care can be determined. After speaking with the patient, an appropriate level of sedation can also be selected. Some people want a little something to help them relax, while some people want a deeper level of sedation. Each person has unique circumstances that must be evaluated and discussed before care begins. Different levels of sedation can be achieved to meet each patients request. Many times patients have little or no recollection of the appointment and little to no discomfort afterwards, even with extensive care.
Sedation dentistry is usually accomplished through the use of oral medication. Patients prefer this method because this means no needles in their arm. Depending upon the patients needs, medication may be given the night before the appointment, right before the appointment and throughout the appointment. When qualified dentists sedate patients, they can perform extensive work and correct a multitude of problems that have developed over many years. People can see and feel dramatic changes in just a couple of visits.
As one would expect, patients need to have a friend or family member drive them to and from their appointment. Afterwards, most patients return home and rest until
the medication wears off and they are fully alert. Once that occurs, people can go right back to their routine with no further interruption.
When it comes to your health, selecting a dentist you trust is probably the most important factor. This level of dental care requires advanced training and proper equipment for safety. Sedation dentistry and high quality care, in general, requires proper planning and attention to details. Make sure that your dentist takes the time to listen to your concerns and performs a thorough examination before beginning any care. If you have any questions or would like to learn more about sedation dentistry, please feel free to call for a free consultation.