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Sedation may be a good option for people with dental anxiety
Updated: 3/23/2011 9:00:02 PM

Individuals who suffer from dental anxiety may be more likely to visit their dentist if they are able to receive sedation before treatments Many individuals fear the dentist for a variety of reasons, but these people still require routine oral care to ensure good health. Those who are apprehensive may consider asking their dentists about sedation before their next appointment, so they can remain awake and calm throughout necessary procedures.

Members from one northern Virginia dental practice discussed the potential benefits of anesthetics.

Dentists may prefer to use sedation on patients who become anxious during professional cleanings because doctors are able to perform their duties more efficiently if a person remains still and cooperative.

The technique may allow for surgeons to perform longer procedures, which can reduce the need for additional visits. Although sedated individuals are still conscious, their perception of time is sped up.

The use of sedation also lowers a patient's risk of soreness after treatments, since their jaw muscles are relaxed.

A study conducted by the National Institutes of Health found that 12 percent of adults suffer from dental anxiety.

People who have this condition may be less likely to receive proper oral care and screenings.

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