Fear has no boundaries. It can affect all types of people - there is no discrimination guidelines to what we perceive as fear. Research shows that almost 30 percent of our population avoid going to the dentist due to fear. My personal estimate is closer to 50% where anxiety is the culprit, and every day I meet people; friends, family, or strangers, who tell me they haven't seen a dentist in years just because they're scared.
When you realize that a huge segment of the population is in desperate need of dental services but is too afraid to seek care, then it is easy to see why a safe, non-judgemental, pain-free experience would bea welcome change to the anxiety-stricken patient.
Dental anxiety is a common problem for patients who have had less-than-favorable experiences in the dental office. Fortunately, rather than avoiding regular dental visits, these patients can now find relief through safe oral sedation. Oral sedation is a safe way to sedate a patient without the need of an anesthesiologist. This method of sedation is simply accomplished by the patient taking oral medication prior to or upon arrival to his or her appointment. During office visits, the patient's vital signs are monitored to assure he or she is safely and comfortably sedated through the dental procedure. Pillows and warm blankets are common protocol while you relax throughout your dental visit.
Dr. Ostad along with trained anesthesiologist perform sedation dentistry. "Patients who suffer from dental anxiety are prone to neglect their dental health. I feel that if given the option, these patients would choose to maintain the health of their teeth and gums. It is anxiety and fear that can put this patient's dental health in a serious condition of decline. However, in a sedation dental environment, patients literally sleep through their appointment. After the visit, they wake up with only pleasant memories of their dental visit."