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Dental care for the timid thanks to sedation dentistry
Updated: 1/7/2009 4:00:25 PM

Dental care for the timid thanks to sedation dentistry A new trend is emerging that gives hope to people who find keeping up their dental health through a dentist appointment on par with a mild form of torture.

Sedation dentistry offers to relax patients through a pill or nitrous oxide in an effort convince some people who have been avoiding dental care for years, possible from the anxiety that comes with the teeth cleaning procedure, reports.

Dustin Fuller said he avoided the dentist for 30 years because of the intense fear he felt while in the office, ABC's Chicago affiliate WLS reports. However, after he broke a tooth, he was forced to get a root canal, which he handled well thanks to the sedation.

"To sit in a dentist chair for five hours with a root canal and not realize you were there more than an hour, that's worth easily [$500], if not more," Fuller told the news provider.

Anna Belous, a New York dentist, offers oral sedation to patients like Fuller and said the procedure is safe, according to the article.

"They remember bits and pieces, but they really don't remember details," said Belous.

To achieve optimal dental health, people are advised to receive regular dental care from their dentist.

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