Dental Phobia Helped By Therapy

Saturday, December 12th, 2015, 4:38 pm

Lots of people suffer from dental phobia or fear of the dentist. Researchers at Kings College in London found that cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) offered a long-term solution to the problem.

This study looked at 130 patients and “fear of injections and drilling was the reason for the phobia in the majority of the patients.” These patients were then treated to a series of sessions that slowly incorporated the usual things that happen during a dental visit. After several weeks of exposure to various aspects of dentistry, patients reported a reduction in their fear of dental treatment.

Many patients avoid dental treatment altogether and live with pain and disfiguring dental problems because of anxiety.

Patients can get the treatment they need without long-term therapy simply by talking to a dentist that provides sedation dentistry. There are different levels of sedation available depending upon each patient’s needs and levels of anxiety.

Depending on a patient’s anxiety levels, different degrees of dental sedation may be required. These varying degrees include:

  • Conscious Sedation – Most dentists use conscious sedation, a state that lets patients feel relaxed but also remain awake and able to respond to commands. You will not remember most of the procedure with this sedation.
  • Deep Sedation – Patients with higher anxiety levels may feel more comfortable with deep sedation, which provides a state somewhere between consciousness and unconsciousness. In this state, patients cannot respond to commands and may need breathing assistance.
  • Unconsciousness – An unconscious state is also occasionally obtained but requires general anesthesia and brings about added risks. This is usually only used for oral surgery.

Sedation dentistry allows patients that have avoided dentistry for years to have several procedures during one visit, without feeling anxiety or discomfort.

Find out more about sedation dentistry in Toccoa, GA by contacting Wilbanks Smile Center at 706-391-8777 today.

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