CUMMING, Ga., Feb. 3, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Montes Periodontics & Implant Dentistry announced that the periodontics practice offers sedation dentistry to help patients relax prior to an appointment. Millions of Americans put off proactive dental care and critical oral health procedures each year, delaying treatment out of fear and anxiety. A mild sedative prior to the appointment can help patients relax.
More than 30 million Americans report suffering from mild to moderate dental phobia, says Cumming periodontist Dr. Shelly Montes. Whether patients need a routine cleaning or crown repair, avoiding dental care can lead to serious oral health problems. Sedation dentistry is designed to take the anxiety and discomfort out of a dental visit – ensuring patients receive the care they need to stay healthy.
"Growing up, many people had a negative dental experience," said Dr. Montes. "Popular culture also reinforces the idea that a visit to get dental work is scary and painful. While there's nothing frightening about a dental visit, thanks to these negative experiences and cultural associations, many patients delay much-needed dental work out of fear."
Prior to a dental appointment, patients take a mild sedative to relax. Unlike anesthesia, patients are still alert and able to communicate. However, they will also be calm.
Dr. Montes says that sedation dentistry is safe with little risk for side effects. The greater risk is avoiding much-needed dental care out of fear and anxiety.
"During the appointment, we monitor patients for their safety and comfort," said Dr. Montes. "While patients are relaxed, they are also awake throughout their appointment and can communicate with our dental team. Most importantly, patients are finally receiving critical dental care."
Due to the sedative's effects on response time and decision-making, patients are advised not to drive following the appointment. A friend or relative should take patients home.
"Traditionally, procedures like dental implants are synonymous with pain," said Dr. Montes. "While these may not be the most fun experience, we go to great lengths to make them pleasant and pain-free. Taking a mild sedative prior to the appointment can really help patients relax."
Sedation dentistry services are available for a variety of periodontics and cosmetic dental procedures. Montes Periodontics & Implant Dentistry offers comprehensive dental care, including teeth whitening, dental implants and full smile makeovers. In addition to cosmetic procedures, Dr. Cumming treats periodontal health problems, including periodontitis.
"Proactive dental care is essential to preventing serious oral health problems, such as gum disease and bacterial infections," said Dr. Cumming. "However, putting off a dental appointment will only make things worse. Thanks to our sedation dental services, patients can receive the care they need in a calm, soothing environment."
Individuals may learn more about sedation services and other dental procedures at http://montesperiodontics.com.
CONTACT: Montes Periodontics & Implant Dentistry 888-667-5235Source: Montes Periodontics & Implant Dentistry