Dr. Jeff T. Blackburn, a Midlothian-based dentist accredited by the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation (DOCS), discusses how complementing restorative treatments with sedation dentistry can potentially benefit patients prone to dental anxiety.
Midlothian, VA — For some individuals, scheduling a semi-annual dental appointment is enough to evoke a feeling of dread or general anxiety surrounding their upcoming treatment. In the most severe cases, dental phobia can be so paralyzing that patients may avoid their routine oral examinations for years on end. While apprehension before a dental visit is commonly felt in varying degrees, cosmetic dentist Jeff T. Blackburn, DDS, FAGD of South River Dentistry offers customized sedation dentistry solutions at his Richmond-area practice to alleviate dental anxiety felt among children and adults alike.
Sedation and the administration of dental anesthesia are recognized by the American Dental Association (ADA) as integral components of a dental practice. Sedation dentistry, in particular, encompasses many techniques that can help patients alleviate pain and relax during more extensive dental work—such as root canal therapy, dental implant surgery, or full mouth rehabilitation—while remaining completely aware of their surroundings. Conscious analgesics can produce mild, moderate, or deep sedation depending on a patient’s needs. With various options consisting of inhaled nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and oral-conscious sedation ingested in the form of a pill, each sedation method is tailored according to an individual’s dental procedure and unique anxiety levels.
While sedation dentistry offers benefits for those who harbor a fear of the dentist or who have a sensitive gag reflex, Dr. Blackburn stresses the importance of safety when undergoing dental sedation. Patients should carefully select a sedation-qualified dentist, which is defined by ADA guidelines as a practitioner who has received training in the administration of dental sedation, or who operates within state rules and regulations regarding sedation dentistry.
One way patients can deduce experience with dental sedation is a dentist’s certification from professional institutions, such as the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation (DOCS), which is considered one of the largest dental sedation education groups in the world. Dr. Blackburn is not only certified by DOCS, but he has also been recognized with a Fellowship Award by the organization. Having safely and successfully sedated over 1,000 patients at South River Dentistry, Dr. Blackburn considers sedation a valuable complement to treatment for patients who may neglect their dental health due to dental phobia.
About Jeff T. Blackburn, DDS, FAGD
Dr. Jeff Blackburn is a cosmetic, restorative, and family dentist based in Midlothian, Virginia. Along with Dr. Kevin (Chang Hun) Lee, Dr. Blackburn is a lead dentist and co-owner at South River Dentistry. Dr. Blackburn belongs to many professional organizations, including the American Dental Association, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, and the Virginia Dental Association, among others. In addition, he is a Fellow of both the Academy of General Dentistry and the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation. As a well-known cosmetic dentist in the Richmond area, Dr. Blackburn has been in practice for 35 years. Dr. Blackburn is available for interview upon request.
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South River Dentistry
2301 Robious Station Circle
Midlothian, VA 23113