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Dentist in Wilkes-Barre, PA Helps Anxious Patients Overcome their Fear

Experts have developed psychological approaches such as meditation, relaxation, and even hypnosis to help patients manage their dental phobia. When these don’t prove effective, a skilled dentist in Wilkes-Barre, PA would need to resort to sedation by pharmacological means.

As indicated earlier, sedation in the dental context ranges from mild to moderate. Mild sedation means patients have taken an oral sedative to calm their nerves, but nonetheless remain conscious. Moderate sedation involves inhaling nitrous oxide or intravenous (IV) sedation to induce relaxation and disassociation while remaining conscious as well. Extreme cases require patients to be rendered completely unconscious via general anesthesia.


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