If you're one of the many people who suffer from dental phobia fear and anxiety at the thought of common dental treatment you may be happy to learn about sedation dentistry. Dr. O'Neal is pleased to offer her patients from St. Petersburg, Clearwater and Seminole this safe and relaxing solution to the dread of the dentist's chair.
Sedation dentistry can calm patients to the point that they barely remember their treatment or procedure. In some cases, patients recall an hours long process taking only a few minutes. The idea is to reduce the patient's intense fear, and at the same time make it easier for the dentist to administer treatment.
While the physical and mental comfort of patients is of importance, the larger goal is to counter their dental phobia enough so that they no longer fear coming in for routine cleanings and exams. It's a known fact that inadequate dental care can seriously harm the health and appearance of teeth and gums, and eventually lead to problems that are threatening to not only teeth, but overall health. Overcoming dental phobia with sedation dentistry can go a long way toward preventing major problems down the road.
Far from being an unpleasant experience, you may find the influence of sedation to be soothing. It helps to clear your mind of any lingering fears, and lets your dentist get right to work cleaning and repairing.
Dentists typically like to discuss sedation dentistry with their patients before the process is carried out. If you have any questions or concerns, our staff will be glad to explain more details to you.