There’s an old cliche about a certain unpleasant activity being “as fun as a trip to the dentist,” and quite honestly, it’s a joke that most dentists could probably do without hearing. The practice of dentistry is complex and challenging, as it involves working closely with patients to heal any problems with their teeth while also easing the understandable anxiety that most people have about work being done in their mouths.
Getting Up Close and Personal
Dental care has evolved greatly in recent years, and today’s office procedures are much faster and less invasive than in years gone by. Still, the truth is that having a cavity filled or enduring a root canal is a big procedure that can bring on a lot of anxiety in some patients. All of this is why many dentists are going an extra mile in their ongoing education and attaining an oral conscious sedation certification.
With this type of training, a dentist can offer patients a wider range of sedation options, from a light sedation that leaves the patient still awake, to a stronger option offered by an anesthesiologist. These options definitely go beyond the administration of local novocaine injections for pain, and they may not be ideal for each patient, but being able to offer these sedation choices is great for a dental practice.
For dentists who want to add this kind of service to their practice, there are training centers available that offer classes that lead toward certification. Most of these training centers gear the classes for a dentist’s busy schedule, so the information and training can be learned in as short a time as possible.
Dentists want to provide their patients with the best care they can possibly offer, and these days, having more safe options for pain and anxiety reduction is certainly an important service to have available. Classes are ongoing in many cities, and the good news is that certification training can be started with just a quick phone call.