America's Dental Bookstore

(for instructions on using this site, see our home page)

America's Dental Bookstore

Dental Books
Anatomy Books Anesthesia & Sedation BooksBehavior of Patients
Clinical Dentistry & Treatment PlanningCosmetic Dentistry BooksDental Assisting Books
Dental EmergenciesDental Hygiene BooksDental MaterialsEndodontics
Fixed ProsthodonticsHistory of DentistryHumor ImplantologyLaboratory Technology
MicrobiologyOcclusion & TMJ BooksOral BiologyOral Pathology & Oral Medicine
Oral PhysiologyOral SurgeryOrthodonticsPediatric DentistryPeriodontics & Prevention
PharmacologyPractice ManagementPractice Mgmt. Finance & Regulations
Practice Mgmt. MarketingPractice Mgmt. TheoryPsychology & Patient AnxietyRadiology
Removable ProsthodonticsRestorative DentistryTest Preparation Books

Consumer Information Books
Amalgam & MercuryBraces Children's BooksGeneral Care & Misc. Books
Consumer Information About Cosmetic DentistryDental Articles

Anesthesia & Sedation ArticlesClinical Dentistry ArticlesCosmetic Dentistry ArticlesDental Assisting ArticlesDental Hygiene ArticlesDental Humor ArticlesDental Materials ArticlesEndodontics ArticlesFixed Prosthodontics ArticlesImplant ArticlesLaboratory Technology ArticlesOral Surgery ArticlesOrthodontics ArticlesPedodontics ArticlesPeriodontics and Prevention ArticlesPractice Finance & Regulations ArticlesPractice ManagementPractice Management - MarketingRadiologyTest PreparationTMJ and Occlusion Articles

Conscious Sedation • Treating Fearful Patients

To browse America's Dental Bookstore's huge selection of dental books, click here.

"Treating Fearful Patients."

by David A. Hall, D.D.S.

(Dr. David Hall is a retired dentist who practiced in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and is now the
 owner and president of Mapletree Publishing Company.

Click here to find books about Anesthesia and Sedation.

In theory, local anesthetic blocks pain. It prevents depolarization of the nerve membrane, and should make it impossible for the nerve to transmit pain impulses.

But when dentists have been in private practice for long enough, they realize that there must be other factors at work. Some patients seems to be difficult or impossible to totally anesthetize.

I know a lot about this subject because I’m one of these patients.

My story, as most of these stories do, begins in my childhood. The dentist my parents took me to when I was in grade school did not use local anesthetic. I think my fingernail-prints are still in his chair. I endured it, but wow, did it hurt! When we moved and got another dentist who used novocain, I was amazed. Who invented this stuff? It was great.

Then, in college, I had a difficult experience with dental care that brought back some of those memories.

For the rest of this article, see the article Dr. Hall wrote, Dental Fear, that was published in Dental Economics, February 2003.

More articles
America's Dental Bookstore maintains this collection of articles on dentistry submitted by visitors to our site. These could be clinical tips, research articles, opinion articles, dental jokes, or whatever. Do you have something you'd like to submit? If so, click here to submit an article.