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Chapter: Anxiety & Sedation

"The level of sedation that a patient needs is individualized and based on their level of anxiety and their response to a particular level of sedation," says Jim Richeson, DDS, FAGD, AGD spokesperson and a past president of the AGD. "Some will respond fine to a minimal level of sedation, whereas others will not respond similarly and may require a deeper level of sedation. Patients should talk to their dentist about their treatment."

 

Some people may be confused by or nervous about the many options, but Dr. Richeson assures that dentists trained in sedation are highly skilled. "With proper training, sedation is very safe.  It can be used as often as patients need it."
 
Reviewed: January 2012