How Sedation Takes the Fear Out of Dentistry

Dental anxiety is real. About 75% of US adults experience fear or anxiety about going to the dentist. And of that 75%, 3-16% have fear strong enough to be called a phobia, a fear response that can’t be voluntarily controlled. That leaves a lot of people who can’t maintain good oral health because they can’t walk through their dentist’s door.

At the dental office of Dr. Kiran Rapal in Saratoga, California, we understand that sitting in a chair with your mouth wide open for a half hour or hearing the sound of the drill going to work may not exactly make you want to jump for joy. But we have a remedy that will keep the fear at bay, allowing us to do the work to ensure your dental health — sedation.

Dental anxiety and phobia explained

If you have dental anxiety, you’re not alone. The market research firm DentaVox surveyed 18,000 people around the world, and 61% of the respondents indicated they suffered from dental fear, while another 4% of them said they’d never been to a dentist. The most common reasons for shunning the dentist’s office are:

Calming options

Sedation dentistry offers an excellent way to provide an anxiety-free dental experience for patients, and it’s popular because most sedatives can be taken by mouth in pill form. Oral sedation may cause sleepiness, but the patient isn’t put to sleep, and is still able to respond and follow directions.

It’s important to make sure that your dentist is trained and qualified to administer the type of sedation you’ll be receiving.

At Dr. Rapal’s office, we take your anxiety seriously, and we do everything we can to make you as comfortable as possible during your visit. To learn more about sedation dentistry, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Rapal, give us a call at 408-864-7010, or book online today.

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