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Sedation in the Dental Office: An Overview

Course Number: 464


The prevalence of dental anxiety is considerable. Anxiety and "fear of the dentist" can be an obstacle to the patient to seek dental care and a source of frustration and additional stress to the dentist. The consequences of postponing and avoiding professional care can affect overall oral health and quality of life. Management of the fearful patient can be accomplished, with varying degrees of success, via non-pharmacological and pharmacological means.