Sedation Dentistry: The Answer for Those Who Suffer With Dental Anxiety

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What if your anxieties about visiting the dentist could be quelled? What if you could enjoy a relaxing experience during your next dental procedure?

Dr. Nicholas and her team of specialists want you to have a positive and painless experience for your dental visits; therefore, we offer sedation dentistry for those who are nervous about dental appointments.

Dental anxiety is a feeling of nervousness or worry. Patients who suffer from dental anxiety generally characterize it as having strong feelings of apprehension and uneasiness.

The greatest concern surrounding dental anxiety really has to do with the problem of dental avoidance. Those who are afflicted with dental anxiety that results in dental avoidance usually suffer worse conditions, such as advanced gum disease and tooth loss.

Conscious sedation is a completely safe, drug-induced state where you feel pleasantly relaxed and free from any fear, anxieties or apprehension. In fact, you have probably heard the phrases “twilight dentistry” or “sleep dentistry” to describe sedation dentistry, but those phrases more accurately describe deep sedation. During sedation dentistry, the patient remains conscious and can even understand and respond to requests from the dentist.

Even so, more often than not, the patient cannot recall anything that occurred during the procedure because the sedation induces a state of deep relaxation to the point that the patient experiences a care-free feeling and isn’t bothered by the procedure. In addition, the drugs used with sedation dentistry tend to produce partial or full amnesia from the period of time that the sedation takes effect until it wears off.

The use of conscious sedation by well-qualified professionals like Dr. Nicholas and her team of specialists is simultaneously safe and effective and will help you to feel comfortable and confident during your treatment.

So, if you’d like to learn more about sedation dentistry, contact Dr. Anne Nicholas and her team of specialists who are serving Palm Desert, La Quinta, Indian Wells, Rancho Mirage and the surrounding areas of the Coachella Valley at the Palm Desert Center for Advanced Periodontics, Cosmetic, Sedation and Implant Dentistry. They can be reached by phone at 760-851-0314 or at their office in Palm Desert, California.