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I have a dental phobia: how effective is sedations?

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Dr. David Stall
Dentistry
6 doctors agree

In brief: Very effective

Dental sedation for phobic patients is wonderful.
In my practice, we use either oral or IV sedation, or a combination of the two. Many times, once the immediate dental treatment is finished, patients will not require conscious sedation, but may get by with only nitrous oxide because of the elimination of the dental pain issue.

In brief: Very effective

Dental sedation for phobic patients is wonderful.
In my practice, we use either oral or IV sedation, or a combination of the two. Many times, once the immediate dental treatment is finished, patients will not require conscious sedation, but may get by with only nitrous oxide because of the elimination of the dental pain issue.
Dr. David Stall
Dr. David Stall
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Dr. William Holmes
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
3 doctors agree

In brief: Helpful

Proper dental care is essential to your overall health.
If a fear of going to the dentist has kept you from regular exams and treatment, then it would be good to a dentist about sedation for any needed work. This can be very helpful.

In brief: Helpful

Proper dental care is essential to your overall health.
If a fear of going to the dentist has kept you from regular exams and treatment, then it would be good to a dentist about sedation for any needed work. This can be very helpful.
Dr. William Holmes
Dr. William Holmes
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Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Comfort zone

The appropriate anesthesia depends on the complexity of the dental treatment and your own comfort zone.
With the profound local anesthesia and IV sedation you will have no recall of the events of the dental treatment or experience any pain. In your case IV sedation is recommended. Best of luck.

In brief: Comfort zone

The appropriate anesthesia depends on the complexity of the dental treatment and your own comfort zone.
With the profound local anesthesia and IV sedation you will have no recall of the events of the dental treatment or experience any pain. In your case IV sedation is recommended. Best of luck.
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin
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Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: CBT

Seek a cognitive-behavioral therapist who specializes in phobias.
One method they use is systematic desensitization which slowly and incrementally brings the person closer and closer to the thing they are afraid of in slow, graduated steps that help make the anxiety more tolerable.

In brief: CBT

Seek a cognitive-behavioral therapist who specializes in phobias.
One method they use is systematic desensitization which slowly and incrementally brings the person closer and closer to the thing they are afraid of in slow, graduated steps that help make the anxiety more tolerable.
Dr. Andrew Berry
Dr. Andrew Berry
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Dr. Gary Lederman
Dentistry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Very effective

There are different degrees of sedation.
Use the lightest regimen you can. Oral conscious sedation is safest. The deeper the sedation the greater the risk. It is the depression of respiration that is the greatest concern.

In brief: Very effective

There are different degrees of sedation.
Use the lightest regimen you can. Oral conscious sedation is safest. The deeper the sedation the greater the risk. It is the depression of respiration that is the greatest concern.
Dr. Gary Lederman
Dr. Gary Lederman
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