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Feelings of apprehension about a dental checkup are not unusual - but they can be overcome.
Today's dental professionals are trained in a variety of techniques to help patients remain calm and relaxed, according to the American Dental Association.
Some dental professionals suggest that a potential method for helping even the most nervous patient lose their anxiety about dental checkups and visits is to use sedation dentistry.
In sedation dentistry, a mild sedative is administered to someone who is about to undergo a procedure such as an extraction.
Two common ways of administering the sedative are oral sedation - in the form of a pill - and nitrous oxide, which can be inhaled.
Both of these approaches may allow a patient to relax while the dentist uses local anesthetic to numb the area they are working on.
Among the types of patients who may benefit from sedation dentistry are those who are generally nervous in the dentist's office, people whose teeth are sensitive to heat or cold, and children or others who may not be used to keeping still during a longer procedure.
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