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Did you know that roughly 40 million Americans have a legitimate phobia of visiting the dentist? This phobia prevents a good portion of those Americans from receiving the dental care they need on a regular basis.

If you’re one of those people who don’t like to visit the dentist – for any variety of reasons – then you need to contact Dr. Derek C. Barnes today for information about sedation dentistry.

What is sedation dentistry?

Sedation dentistry is exactly what it sounds like. It’s a process that uses medication to help patients relax and feel at ease during dental procedures. There are different levels of sedation available, depending on the amount of fear you have for dental procedures or the severity of the procedure you’re undergoing.

What procedures is sedation dentistry used for?

If your fear of the dentist is so great that you can’t even sit in the chair without becoming severely nervous and fidgety over the prospect of your impending procedure, sedation can be used in this instance. Depending on your medical history, and the judgement of Dr. Derek C. Barnes on how much sedation you need, you may be fully conscious and relaxed, or hovering just on the edge of consciousness for most of your procedure.

Wisdom teeth removal, and other surgical procedures, are usually performed by putting a patient “completely under” by use of general anethesia.

What’s right for me?

You’ll need to discuss your fears, medical history, and take into account the procedure you need done, before Dr. Derek C. Barnes can make the call on what amount of sedation will best suit your needs.

If you have any questions about sedation dentistry, or want to schedule an appointment, reach out to us today at 704-849-6700.