You might be a sedation patient if you have a fear of dental work.
Phobia: Persistant, irritation fear of a specific object, activity or situation that leads to a compelling desire to avoid it.
Dental fear refers to the fear of a dentist and/or receiving dental care. A severe form of this fear are known as odontofear or dentophobia.
To help you concure your fear of your dental provider, explore the option of sedation dentistry.
Some options are:
- Ativan (Lorazepam): This helps with short term relief of the symptoms of excessive anxiety. This helps by slowing down the communication between the nerves in the brain. Ativan can be taken in a pill form.
- IV Sedation: With this type of sedation, medications are adminitored through an IV. The medication with flow through the bloodstream and this will have the individual feel the medication instantly.
By Dr. Ken Hamin