Sedation Dentistry helps ease patient fears in Abbeville SC
Even as a dentist, Dr. Christopher Griffin knows that dental exams and procedures aren’t typically the highlight of his patients’ day. To that end, Dr. Griffin and his friendly and professional team work hard to make sure that patients are comfortable. This includes treating them with respect, explaining any and all of the dental procedures, and answering all of their questions. Dr. Griffin uses local anesthesia to ensure that every patient is comfortable and free from pain.
However, sometimes fear of the dentist is more than just mild anxiety or simply not wanting to go for a checkup. Sometimes the anxiety can be so great that patients put off necessary procedures and end up with greater pain and further problems.
When anxiety becomes so great that it impacts the patient’s dental health, when patients have a terrible fear of needles, for young patients who cannot sit still, or for patients who need to have many procedures done, Dr. Griffin suggests the use of light conscious sedation.
Light conscious sedation is the use of medication to both relax you and keep you from feeling pain, but not putting you into a deep state of sleep. It helps to ease your fears and put you in a calm and relaxed state while making sure that you are conscious and understand what is happening. You may fall asleep, but if you do, you will wake up easily and respond to Dr. Griffin and members of his team who are assisting in the procedure. This kind of sedation can be used in a dentist’s office, rather than in a hospital.
Following the procedure, you will continue to be monitored to ensure that your breathing and heart rate are unaffected. You will need someone to drive you home, as you may feel a bit groggy. Once you get home, you should eat a healthy meal, if possible, to restore your energy levels; follow your dentist’s post-procedure instructions; and plan to return to normal activities the next day.
If you, or someone you love, have a great fear of the dentist, call Dr. Christopher Griffin today to discuss your anxieties and find out if you’re a candidate for sedation dentistry.