Sedation Dentistry Offers New Solution to Age-Old Problem
(Richmond, Virginia) – How are more and more dentists helping people get over their dental anxieties? Cutting-edge dentists across the country are offering patients the opportunity to comfortably nap through even the most complex dental procedures. Sound like a dream come true? For many—especially the estimated 35 million Americans who suffer from dental phobia—it is.
It’s called sedation dentistry, and now, by taking a few tiny pills, patients can comfortably nap through their dental procedures. Though other sedation techniques have been available throughout the history of dentistry, oral sedation has recently become a preferred method for many patients.
“Many people are beginning to rely on sedation dentistry as a solution to their dental anxieties. People who haven’t seen a dentist in over 20 years are coming in for sedation dentistry because it offers a pain-free and anxiety-free solution,” says Dr. Frank Straus, a Crown Council dentist who practices in Richmond. Dr. Straus has been offering sedation dentistry to his patients for over 20 years.
Once sedated, patients remain responsive throughout the procedure, but do not feel a thing and often have no memory of the procedure. Some sedation patients have claimed that they didn’t even know they were in the dentist’s office, and that they felt no pain the next day, even after the sedation had worn off.
“Sedation dentistry allows me to offer patients a way to receive the treatment they need in a comfortable and pain-free way,” says Dr. Frank Straus. “Patient anxiety has always been one of the biggest professional obstacles that dentists face, but with new methods of treatment such as sedation, we are seeing that stigma starting to decline.”
Another advantage of sedation dentistry is that more work can be completed in a single visit, which means fewer appointments for patients. With sedation dentistry, patients can have years of dental neglect corrected, or receive a cosmetic smile makeover, in total comfort in just one or two visits.
“There’s nothing more satisfying than helping a patient in a way they are totally comfortable with,” says Dr. Frank Straus.
For more information about Dr. Frank D. Straus, DDS, FAGD, or to schedule an interview, contact Vicky Beall at 804-741-4177.