Kasas and Missouri Dental Patients Need No Longer Fear Their Local Dentists

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For the first time, the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation will be hosting its "anxiety-free dentistry" training courses in the Kansas/Missouri region. About one million patients nationally have benefited from the methods taught in these D.O.C.S. courses. Once trained, dentists find themselves helping patients who have avoided treatment for five, ten, even fifteen years.

Nervous Kansas and Missouri residents will have to find new reasons for avoiding the dentist now that two of their favorite excuses – fear and pain – no longer apply.

Dentists from throughout Kansas and Missouri will receive training as oral conscious sedation practitioners during a three-day course being held for the first time in this region. The professionally accredited courses, presented by the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation (D.O.C.S.), runs September 28-30 at the Hyatt Regency Crown Center in Kansas City.

Oral sedation dentistry, often referred to as “anxiety-free dentistry,” is a proven, safe method of treating skittish dental patients who otherwise avoid much-needed dental work due to their anxieties. About one million people thus far have been successfully treated by the more than 6,500 dentists nationwide who are graduates of the D.O.C.S. program.

With oral conscious sedation, patients are administered a single, safe, anti-anxiety pill about one hour before their dental work begins. Then throughout the procedure they are awake enough to respond to their dentists, but drowsy enough to be completely relaxed.

Because patients have often neglected their oral health due to their fears and discomfort, many D.O.C.S. dentists see individuals who have not been treated for five, ten even fifteen years. The good news for both patient and dentist is that with oral conscious sedation, patients can be returned to good oral health in a stress-free environment. Experience has proven that when patients are comfortable, their dentists can work with greater efficiency.

The D.O.C.S. courses are open to all dentists and their staffs and are taught by a seasoned team of both medical and dental specialists who make safety and patient comfort the focal point of their curriculum. The D.O.C.S. faculty offers the exact same courses in New York in affiliation with New York University and will be offering oral sedation training at the 2007 American Dental Association annual convention.

Patients interested in getting more information about oral conscious sedation or locating a practicing dentist should visit the consumer web site at http://www.sedationcare.com. Dentists wishing to attend the Kansas City training event or learning more about membership in D.O.C.S. should visit http://www.docseducation.org.

Members of the media may contact Dr. Michael Silverman, president of D.O.C.S. and one of the faculty members. Phone: 877-325-DOCS (3627) or by email.

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