You’ve heard of sedation dentistry, but you aren’t exactly sure what it is.
You may have heard someone mention sleep dentistry, but that’s not exactly right since you aren’t completely asleep with dental sedation.
It can be extremely helpful for people with dental anxiety, but it can help other patients, too.
If you are curious about sedation and how it could improve your dental care experience, all you need to do is schedule a consultation with the dentists at Atlanta West Dentistry in Marietta, GA.
We offer three forms of sedation in our office. Keep reading to learn why we think sedation is important and to learn about the different kinds of sedation.
There are several reasons you may want to incorporate sedation dentistry into your dental care.
It’s great for most people who experience dental anxiety. It’s important to remember that people can experience dental anxiety for a variety of reasons.
If you can identify the reasons for your anxiety, we can help you find the right sedation option or we may be able to find a way to treat you without any sedation at all.
Here are some common reasons people feel anxious about going to the dentist:
▪︎ Fear of pain
▪︎ Fear of needles
▪︎ Fear of the drill
▪︎ Fear of other dental equipment (such as explorers)
▪︎ Fear of gagging
▪︎ Fear of being judged
Any one of those fears could be enough to keep you away from the dentist office. Yet, thanks to dental sedation we treat patients every week and sometimes every day who have dental anxiety to one degree or another.
When you receive any form of a sedation dentistry, you won’t feel any pain during your procedure.
Because you will be in a more relaxed state, you won’t remember most of your treatment if you remember anything at all. That means you will unlikely to know what equipment was used.
You relaxed state also will prevent you from gagging.
As far as being judged, that’s not what we do at Atlanta West Dentistry. Our dental professionals want to meet you where you are today and help you improve or maintain your oral health.
With that in mind, here is a little information about each of the sedation options we provide for our patients.
People have known about the effects of nitrous oxide since the late 1700s. Also known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide has been used as an analgesic (painkiller) by dentists for more than 150 years.
When you breathe in this gas, it creates a relaxed and euphoric feeling. You won’t feel any pain as long as you continue breathing the nitrous oxide.
One of the benefits of nitrous oxide is that it takes effect quickly, and it wears off quickly as well. When we turn the gas off at the end of your treatment. You will exhale the remaining gas as you breathe normally.
It won’t take long until you are back to feeling like yourself.
This is a great option for patients with mild anxiety or who are going through relatively simple treatments.
Oral conscious sedation is a more recent development than nitrous oxide.
With oral sedation, you take a pill before your appointment. For your safety, you should have a family member or a friend drive you to our office and drive you home when your appointment is over.
Unlike nitrous oxide, the effects of oral sedation can last for hours at a time. You won’t remember your treatment but you will receive the benefits.
Oral sedation can be a good choice for people with moderate to severe dental anxiety who are scheduled to receive basic procedures.
This is simply the strongest form of sedation that we offer. It can only be administered by someone who as been licensed to do so, which also means it’s not something we use for common procedures.
However, for patients who are receiving long and complex treatments, IV sedation keeps them calm and relaxed until the procedure is over. In fact, it will keep you relaxed for a while after the treatment is done.
As with oral sedation, you will need someone to drive you home if you receive IV sedation.
Then schedule a consultation at Atlanta West Dentistry. Our dentists can explain how we can use it to assist with your dental care.
If you live in Marietta, Atlanta, or anywhere in between, then you should call (770) 635-5336 or fill out our online form to request an appointment.
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