Why are Some People Afraid of the Dentist?
Experts from the Dental Fears Research Clinic at Seattle’s University of Washington estimate as much as 8% of the U.S. population avoids visiting the dentist altogether because of uncontrollable fear associated with dental care. Another 20% live with dental anxiety and will only visit the dentist once a situation has become painful. The most common causes of dental fear and anxiety include traumatizing or unpleasant visits to the dentist earlier in life, a generalized fear of clinical spaces, and other physical or psychological disorders like PTSD. To combat dental fear and anxiety and help people receive much needed dental care, patient-focused dentists like Dr. K have chosen to offer dental sedation.
Oral Sedation Dentistry
Oral sedation refers to the use of proven anti-anxiety medications to induce a state of profound relaxation in an anxious or fearful patient. With oral sedation patients take a dose of medication about an hour before their appointment begins. By the time the patient sits down in the treatment chair, they feel comfortable and unconcerned with what’s going on around them. Oral sedation allows Dr. K to perform several procedures in one appointment.
IV Sedation Dentistry
Patients dealing with severe dental fear or who need to undergo oral surgery like wisdom tooth removal or dental implant placement can benefit from IV sedation. Administered intravenously, IV sedation induces a deeper sense of relaxation. Dr. K partners with an experienced anesthesiologist who can perform IV sedation in our Calabasas dentist office.
Exceptional Care and Comfort with Your Calabasas Dentist
At Calabasas Smiles, Dr. K and his staff of friendly, talented professionals look forward to caring for your smile. We provide a full menu of dental care services, from checkups and cleanings to dental implants. To schedule an appointment at our Calabasas dentist office, please contact us today at (818) 878-7300. We proudly serve patients and their families from Hidden Hills, Malibu, Agoura Hills, Woodland Hills, Thousand Oaks, West Hills, and the 91302 zip code area.