Millions of Americans never go to the dentist because they are afraid, even though dentistry has changed so much in the past years. If you are one of those who dread the drills, there is a solution. Recent research has shown that 1 out of every 2 individuals have dental anxiety. Dr. Jesse Roberts, III and Dr. Jay Howell, recently completed special training from the fastest growing organization of its kind, D.O.C.S., the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation, that allows them to treat those in fear of the dentist. "That's right, using a small pill, patients can now have their dental care accomplished while they are totally relaxed and absolutely comfortable." Dr. Roberts adds, "I have always been very sensitive to my patients with high fear and apprehension, and now I can offer them a safe and even more comfortable experience. I am looking forward to helping these people visit the dentist with this safe and wonderful technique of anxiety-free dentistry."
Oral conscious sedation, commonly referred to as sedation dentistry, allows anxious patients to take a sedative pill about an hour before their appointment to help them relax. Though the technique is promoted as a way to "sleep through your dental appointment," patients are not asleep. Sedation allows you to be completely comfortable, relaxed and pain-free while years of neglected dental treatment can be accomplished in one or two visits. Who could benefit from oral sedation? People who have high fear, previous traumatic dental experiences, difficulty getting numb, a bad gag reflex, very sensitive teeth or complex dental problems. Also, it is beneficial for people who hate needles and shots, hate the noise and smell associated with dental care or are too afraid or embarrassed. "Dentistry is very high-tech today with all sorts of gadgets that get the job done better and more quickly, but now with anxiety-free dentistry, I can bridge the gap between technology and comfort," explained Dr. Roberts. The staff at Peach Tree Dental are proud of their commitment to the community and look forward to speaking with you regarding any questions regarding conscious sedation and anxiety-free dentistry. Peach Tree Dental is located at 702 N. Trenton Street and can be reached at 255-9440.