A Look at Sedation Dentistry
It may sound impossible, but more than 20% of adults have such extreme dental anxiety that they avoid a visit to the dentist. It takes great pain and discomfort to bring them to the dental chair, and this usually means that some severe issues have already occurred. At L’Enfant Plaza Dental Arts in Washington, DC, Dr. Dennis Norkiewicz & Dr. Henry Konigsberg appreciate the seriousness of dental anxiety and offer some very workable solutions.
Though their skill and advanced technologies will prove to patients that their fears are unwarranted, since they can perform many treatments without causing even the least amount of pain, many patients still feel anxiety. This is why they also offer sedation dentistry.
What is sedation dentistry? It is the use of oral sedatives that create a sense of calm and relaxation. This allows a patient with even strong dental anxiety to enjoy treatment without the usual feelings of panic or upset. Of course, the use of sedation dentistry will mean that a patient requires someone to drive them to and from the visit. However, if this is going to enable them to have general dentistry such as cleanings and exams, it is a wonderful tool to put to use.
We also use sedation dentistry for our more complicated procedures. Whether a patient is coming in for some cosmetic dentistry or more involved restorative dentistry treatments, we have options for sedation dentistry available.
Is everyone a good candidate for sedation dentistry? Like any medically related issue, it may be that you are not a safe candidate for the use of oral sedation. Before the decision is made, we will have you come in to speak with one of our doctors and discuss your needs. A review of your medical history is done and if you can use our standard sedation methods, we can arrange your prescription and schedule the appointment.
Even those who may have some medical challenges may be able to use sedation dentistry to alleviate their dental anxiety by coordinating with our team and their own medical care providers.
There is no need to allow dental anxiety to keep you from getting the care you require. Whether it is general cleanings and exams, fillings, or more advanced restorative treatment, sedation dentistry can alleviate the worst sense of panic or upset and allow you to relax during treatment. In fact, some patients are so relaxed that they even drift off to sleep!
Contact Our Washington, DC Dentist
Should you have any questions about sedation dentistry, give us a call at (202) 488-8300. You can also use our online contact form and one of our staff will get back to you promptly.