A staggering 30% of people avoid the dentist because of fear. Because of this, Americans have turned to sedation as the most common remedy for dental phobia. Here at Austin Family Dentistry, we are proud to offer this service in our Maumelle and Little Rock location – which you won’t find with every dentist. Here is how you know if sedation dentistry may be for you

How You Know If Sedation Dentistry May Be For You

What is Sedation Dentistry?

If you’re not familiar with sedation, it is the process of easing patients into a relaxed, calm state of mind through a sedative drug called benzodiazepine. This can be administered either through IV, inhalation – commonly referred to as “laughing gas” or orally with a pill. However, most people’s fear of needles has made oral sedation a more popular choice.

Why is it Important?

It’s recommended that you see your dentist every six months in order to keep optimal oral health. Without sedation, every three out of ten people in America would be too afraid to visit the dentist. For these individuals, this could result in tooth decay and gum disease later on down the road. Getting checked for oral cancer should also prompt you to visit your dentist. According to The Oral Cancer Foundation, around 45,750 Americans this year are predicted to be diagnosed with oral or pharyngeal cancer. If you’re getting routinely checked, however, your dentist will be able to detect these problems and potentially save your life.



So don’t let dental anxiety keep you from visiting the dentist. Thanks to sedation even our most fearful patients can feel at ease in the dental chair. Our Maumelle and Little Rock dentists are ready to help you have the most exceptional experience because visiting the dentist doesn’t have to be scary. Make your next appointment today!