Many people avoid trips to their dental health professional because they are afraid of the dentist. According to Dental Care Information, an estimated 50 million people do not go to the dental health professional out of fear. Several of these individuals may have tried sedation dentistry, where medication or laughing gas is used to help calm people during dental treatment.
Recently, the Chicago Tribune published an article discussing this trend and the controversy surrounding it. According to the news source, while some people cannot get through a dental procedure without sedation, anesthesiologists worry that dentists are not properly trained to administer sedation options, especially if the latter merely take a simple course.
"If you're a year out from taking that course, and you have an adverse event, are you equipped to handle it with the patient?" asked Andrew Herlich, chief anesthesiologist at UPMC Mercy in Pittsburgh, quoted by the news source.
According to the Tribune, in the state of Illinois a dentist must complete 75 hours of training in order to offer sedation options at their practice. Patients who are interested in sedation should discuss it with their dental health professional.
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