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  Dental Anxiety

Do you ever get nervous just thinking about going to the dentist? You might be worrying unnecessarily. With dentistry's many advances, diagnosis and treatment gets more sophisticated and comfortable all the time.

It's often best to share your anxiety with the dentist. If you're tense or anxious, tell your dentist and the dental staff. Getting your concerns out in the open will let your dentist adapt the treatment to your needs.

Try to choose a time for your dental visit when you're less likely to be rushed or under pressure. For some people, that means a Saturday or an early-morning appointment.

Dentists have a number of modalities available to relieve anxiety. These may include nitrous-oxide analgesia or certain medications, or the use of both in certain combinations.

Some dentists may have additional training and hold a permit from the Arizona State Board of Dental Examiners to administer certain forms of sedation. The permit assures you that the dentist has been adequately trained to administer these medications safely and effectively. This may include the administration of oral medications, or medications that are administered intravenously.

Permit holders undergo an inspection by the Arizona State Board of Dental Examiners to insure that appropriate medications and equipment are onsite and that the staff is trained to act in the unlikely occurrence of a medical emergency.