Seattle, WA, March 12, 2009 — The last thing fearful or squeamish dental patients need is to worry about the safety of the procedures they require.
With that in mind, Sedation Dentistry Safety Week today issued “A Consumers’ Guide to Safe, Anxiety-Free Sedation Dentistry: What Patients Need to Know to Optimize Their Experience.”
Sedation dentistry has become an immensely popular form of treatment for adults who were previously nervous about visiting their dentists for general or even specialized dental procedures.
Thanks to oral health advancements and specialized training for dentists and their staffs, patients now can expect their dental visits to be extremely safe, comfortable and anxiety-free. In many instances, in fact, sedation dentistry patients remember little, if any, of the sights, smells or sounds of their dental visits.
This entire week, March 9 to 13, has been designated Sedation Dentistry Safety Week (SDSW), dedicated to reinforcing the already-extraordinary safety record of the nearly 40,000 oral health professionals who make this life-enhancing technique available in their communities across America.
“Oral sedation has improved the lives and bright smiles of more than one million patients who once avoided the dentist altogether out of fear or discomfort,” says Dr. Michael Silverman, SDSW’s national chairman and one of the world’s leading sedation dentistry educators. “Our mission today is to let the millions of other fearful patients know that they can actively contribute to making certain all their dental visits are safe, comfortable and free of anxiety.”
Dr. Silverman says that successful and pleasant oral sedation experiences result from a “partnership” between quality dentists, their trained staff members and their individual patients. “No one ever need avoid the dentist again due to anxiety,” he affirms.
For additional information, consumers are encouraged to speak with a DOCS Education trained dentist in their community. To locate one, consumers may phone 888-858-7972 or visit the Sedation Care website. Dentist and dental team members interested in learning how they can provide safe, effective, oral sedation in their communities can phone 877-325-3627.