By Dental Perfections
August 21, 2014
It's estimated that as many as 30 percent of people may have a fear of the dentist that is significant enough to stop them from going in for essential visits and regular cleanings. Kapolei, HI sedation dentist Dr. Kern Agader, DMD eases the anxiety of patients who don't like going to dentist with sedation dentistry. There are a number of options to explore when it comes to sedation dentistry -- find out which is right for you and then talk to Dr. Agader about it over the phone or at your next appointment.
Mild Sedation or Anxiolysis
The mildest form of sedation just relaxes you so that you won't be so anxious about sitting in "the chair." The dentist might use a local anesthetic, like lidocaine, to numb the area where he’ll be working so that you won’t feel anything. Commonly, a single dose of a medication is given prior to the appointment that relaxes and calms most anxieties. Another form of mild sedation is nitrous oxide, which is better known as laughing gas. It relaxes your nerves for the procedure.
Moderate Sedation or Conscious Sedation
Another form of sedation, which many consider a moderate sedation option, is when Kapolei, HI sedation dentist Dr. Agader gives you a pill to relax you in advance of the appointment in addition to incremental dosages of a medication during the appointment. A loved one must take you to the appointment. The medication allows you to remain conscious for the procedure, but relaxed to the point where you don’t feel anything and often do not remember anything. Therefore, the sights, sounds, and smells that most fear are factored out of the equation. The dentist has to evaluate you thoroughly before administering this form of sedation due to the risks of anesthesia.
When it comes to going to the dentist, there's nothing to fear thanks to the many dental relaxation options offered by Kapolei, HI sedation dentist Dr. Kern Agader, DMD. Contact his office today by calling 808-674-8895 to set up an appointment or ask specific questions about his sedation options.