New Options For The Frightened Dental Patient
In the last five years, an amazing new protocol helping people to be comfortable during dental procedures has been developed, oral conscious sedation. In fact, it is being marketed as "sedation dentistry" in many places. Using the drug, Triazolam, often in only a single dose, we can safely and predictably relax almost anyone to the point where they can comfortably tolerate the dentistry that they want or need done. In order to administer this treatment, the doctor has to take training and be certified by the State Board of Dental Examiners. The drug Triazolam has been sold as a sleeping pill, but it has a wonderful one-time effect, and it's one of the safest drugs on the market. Most patients tell us they are calm and relaxed during their treatment, yet still able to respond upon request. When they return to the office for their next visit, they report having slept a good part of the day, and really don't remember much about their procedure. With modern dentistry, there really shouldn't be any significant discomfort while dental treatment is being performed, but often people who were traumatized as children just can't shake that fear, and that is where these types of drugs are so wonderful. The only downside is that people who take this medication are limited for that day; they aren't allowed to drive or do anything critical; most want to sleep for four or five hours afterwards. If you know of anyone who has significant dental anxiety and is too afraid to take care of their dental needs, have them give us a call and we will be glad to explain the whole process. Oral conscious sedation is a wonderful answer to that long-standing problem of dental anxiety.