The best is to find the actual source of fear and treat it. But emergency conditions may arise in dental treatments and it may take a long time to fix the emotional state of fear. In such cases, conscious sedation allows the patient's dental treatments to be performed comfortably. The patient to whom conscious sedation is administered is comfortably seated on the dental chair completely free of fear and anxiety during the procedure. S/he hears us and reacts to what we say. S/he can easily make movements such as mouth opening, swallowing, breathing without help. So we can complete our treatments in a relaxed and safe environment without haste. When the operation is over, the patient will not remember anything about the procedure. Even the patient will be happy since the treatment is completed under these conditions.
The level of fear or whether or not treatment is necessary can be decided depending on the extent of affecting the individual's quality of life. An individual with a specific fear of the dentist may be in an emotional state that does not require psychological treatment. Because there is a concept, called subconscious, which is a very important factor that directs the individual's emotions and fears. If the subconscious has already learned to fear the dentist in some way, it may be difficult to change that. I think that chatting for 3-5 minutes with the patient who will sit on our chair prior to procedure and gaining confidence to get close to the mouth that may be considered to be private area helps overcome the fear while it would be more appropriate to direct the patients with advanced anxiety and fear of conscious sedation without leading them to have more bad experience.