Novato, CA, April 8, 2013 – It is estimated that nearly 30 million adults suffer from some level of dental anxiety. The Novato, CA Dentist is pleased to be able to provide effective solutions for anxiety that allow patients to undergo important dental treatment. Sedation dentistry utilizes relaxation options in various forms such as nitrous oxide or sedatives. Use of these relaxation aids combined with reassurance from the professional dental team has been proven to dramatically reduce or even eliminate the fear that many patients feel as they approach dental treatment.
“We are one of only a handful of dentists in the Marin County area that offer sedation dentistry options to our patients,” say Drs. Steven McConnell and Jake Banks. “Advanced training in the area of sedation dentistry enables us to safely offer these options to patients with dental anxiety issues. Our professional team is trained to be compassionate and understanding with all our patients. But we do have a heightened sense of awareness to the special needs of our fearful patients.”
People may experience dental fear or anxiety for a number of reasons. But sedation dentistry helps calm this anxiety whether the patient is feeling a lack of control or because of a bad dental experience they remember from childhood. The practice of sedation dentistry includes understanding the specific level of anxiety experienced by each patient and administering sedatives accordingly. The various types of sedatives available include oral conscious sedation such as tranquilizers or inhalation sedation, including nitrous oxide.
The feeling of calm that results from sedation often dulls the memory of the sights, sounds, and smells of the dental office that often trigger anxiety. Many patients who experience dental treatments while sedated report little or no memory of the procedure or any discomfort.
About Dr. Steven McConnell and Dr. Jake Banks
Dr. Steven McConnell graduated from the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry, San Francisco, CA, and has been serving the community at the Novato, CA Dentist office for more than 30 years. His focus is on overall oral health and esthetic dentistry for his patients, using highly specialized procedures and advanced technology. Dr. Jake Banks is a graduate of the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry in San Francisco. Dr. Banks is a firm believer that excellent oral health extends beyond the mouth, and he takes a full-body approach to oral healthcare. Services offered include full mouth rejuvenation, treatment for dental aging, smile makeover, bite analysis and unbalanced bite correction, periodontal disease prevention, dental implants, teeth whitening, veneers, and sedation dentistry.
Dr. Steven McConnell, Dr. Jake Banks
1730 Novato Blvd. Suite A, Novato, CA 94947
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