Dentophobia or odontophobia is the irrational fear of dentists that affects anywhere from 30 to 40 million people. Because of this fear, many people neglect their teeth and avoid visiting a dentist.
Many patients who suffer from dentophobia have a sensitive gag reflex or are terrified of needles. Oral conscious sedation is an effective and safe way to keep you calm and awake during your dental treatment. By taking a few prescription pills before your visit with Dr. Fotek, you will be able to peacefully overcome your phobia of the dentist.
In some cases, Dr. Fotek may even suggest you take one of the prescribed pills the night before your treatment to ensure you have a restful night. In any case, it’s important you have pre-arranged transportation to and from your appointment to ensure your safety.
Local anesthetics include Articaine, Lidocaine, or Marcaine. These medications are administered to “numb” or anesthetize the mouth and teeth area after you are sedated. The process of using sedation methods before the use of local anesthetics is designed to prevent you from experiencing the fear associated with needles or injections.
In any case, dentophobia and dental anxiety are real disorders affecting millions of Americans. However, this doesn’t mean you should neglect your dental hygiene and your smile. If you suffer from dental anxiety and are ready to make your teeth a priority, you may be a candidate for Dr. Fotek’s sedation dentistry. Contact Dr. Fotek’s Jupiter practice today to schedule a consultation.
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