Who Is a Candidate for Sedation Dentistry?

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Fear and anxiety leave many people not visiting their dentist on a regular basis. This can lead to dental problems that ultimately affect your overall health. Luckily, Knellinger Dental Excellence offers sedation dentistry in Palm Harbor, FL to patients who suffer from dental anxiety. Find out if you might be a candidate for this assistance in relaxing so that you can get the treatments you need for your oral health.


What Is Your Level of Fear?

Sedation dentistry involves using minor or medium sedation or general anesthesia to relax a patient so they can undergo dental work. Although it is generally safe, there is always an inherent risk when you deal with anesthesia and sedation. Therefore, you want to make sure you suffer from true anxiety or a phobia rather than just dread of the dentist. Assess your level of fear. Do you:

  • Feel physically sick when thinking of going to the dentist
  • Suffer from panic attacks at the dentist office
  • Find it difficult to breathe during a session
  • Experience anxiety while in the waiting room
  • Have difficulty falling asleep prior to an appointment

If you experience any of these or similar emotions in connection with visiting a dentist, then you might have a true phobia or dental anxiety, making you a candidate for sedation to relax you during treatment.

Do You Have Another Reason?

Although anxiety and fear are two of the more common reasons for sedation, there are other factors that might make you a solid candidate for this type of treatment. This includes:

  • A highly sensitive gag reflex
  • A low tolerance for pain
  • Time constraints requiring more work in one visit
  • Extensive treatment
  • Numbing does not work
  • Overly sensitive teeth or gums

There might be other reasons that make you a solid candidate. It is important to bring it up during your appointment to see if it is the right choice for you.

Get Your Dental Appointment Today

It is time to stop letting fear and anxiety stop you from getting the treatment you need. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment at Knellinger Dental Excellence.

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