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Overcoming Your Fear of the Dentist

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Although you should get in to see your dentist once every six months, many people avoid scheduling a checkup out of fear. Your dentist is there to help you maintain good oral health. It is likely that your dentist understands the fear you are experiencing. If you have trouble seeing the dentist out of fear, then Dr. Jean-Claude Kharmouche may recommend sedation dentistry in Sterling and , VA to help you overcome that.

Ask About Sedation

Dental sedation is an induced relaxed state that allows you to remain calm while you receive a checkup or undergo a procedure. There are different types and levels of sedation depending on your anxiety and the work being performed. You may receive sedation via:

• Intravenous (IV) medication
• Oral sedative
• Local anesthetic

Sedation offers many benefits, including the ability to be relaxed while conscious enough to follow instructions that the dentist gives you. Depending on the type you receive, you may not even have any memory of the procedure when all is said and done.

Bring Someone With You

Having a companion come to the doctor with you can do a lot to calm your nerves. If you are planning on taking advantage of sedation, you may need someone to drive you back home. Oral sedatives need to be taken approximately an hour before your procedure, so you need someone to take you to the dentist and drive you home again. When possible, it is a good idea to bring a companion if you know you will be sedated during your visit.

Explain Your Situation to Your Dentist

Dr. Kharmouche is here to help if you are nervous about seeing a dentist. You may be able to work out a plan tailored to your specific needs and use sedation dentistry in Sterling and , VA. To learn more, call (703) 951-6756 today.

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