By Tiffany Blackmon - bio | email
LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) – Christy King, like 20% of Americans, avoided seeing a dentist because of a dental phobia.
"I knew in the back of my mind that I needed multiple things done, and so it prevented me from coming," said King.
Neglecting to get dental care can cause a host of problems like gum disease. In King's case, she wasn't able to smile correctly. However, she was able to put her dental fears aside when Dr. Tim Robinson, with Tim Robinson Family Dentistry, told her about sedation dentistry.
"For a lot of people it's so much easier because it reduces their anxiety to where they're just so relaxed," said Robinson
The night before a procedure a patients takes a prescription sedative to guarantee they have a good night sleep. During the procedure the next day, they feel relaxed, what Robinson calls conscience sedation.
Robinson stated, "They can still respond to verbal commands, they're breathing on their own, some sleep and snore while they're in the chair."
Sedation dentistry allows for a more efficient trip to the dentist because the patient is so relaxed.
King stated, "I was able to get all the work done within a short period of time due to the sedation."
Now, even at the dentist, King has every reason to smile.
"It calmed the anxiety and allowed me to move forward because I wouldn't have other wise," she said.
Patients usually feel no discomfort or residual effects after sedation dentistry. Sedation medications also have an amnesic effect, so patients have very little memory of the procedure.