What is dental anxiety?
Some patients often feel so nervous about visiting a dental office that they develop anxiety. Reasons for dental anxiety may include a sensitive gag reflex, a traumatizing dental experience as a child, fear of pain, dislike of needles, etc. Sometimes those with dental anxiety have such great fear that they avoid visiting a dentist altogether.
What is oral sedation?
Oral sedation is a way we help to relax patients at Kenai Dental Clinic so they can receive the dental care they need to have healthy smiles. You simply take a prescribed pill an hour before your appointment, have a friend or family member drive you to our office, and undergo your treatment feeling calm and relaxed.
Is oral sedation safe?
Dr. Glen Lockwood uses oral sedation because it is a safe and effective means to help patients feel comfortable and happy during their dental appointments. You may feel drowsy afterwards and have difficulty remembering details about your visit, but those should be the only side effects. Just remember that you must have someone drive you to and from your appointments. We invite you to contact our dental team today if you would like to learn more about using oral sedation in Kenai, Alaska.