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Dental care without the anxiety
Updated: 10/8/2009 5:00:27 PM

Dental care without the anxiety Some people still get nervous when it's time to see the dentist, in spite of all the advances made in the field that have minimized any pain that a procedure might involve.

Sedation dentistry is becoming a popular choice for people who get anxious at the dentist's. The American Dental Association says more and more people are requesting general anesthesia when they have dental work done.

"I have dreaded going to the dentist all of my life," said Joanna Ellis, a woman who has been seeing the same dentist for 10 years. "Each and every visit was preceded with feelings of anxiety and crippling panic."

Sedation dentistry involves putting patients to sleep and allowing them to remain unconscious for the duration of their procedure. "Since discovering sedation dentistry, I have been able to overcome my fears and see my doctor whenever the time came," said Ellis.

The Mayo Clinic says that anxiety and panic attacks are sudden episodes during which a person feels intense fear. Sedation dentistry could help individuals who experience such attacks at the prospect of going to the dentist. The clinic also says relaxation techniques and medications can help reduce anxiety.

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