We are thankful for every patient who comes to our dentist office in Marietta, GA. We also are thankful for the opportunity to have careers that are focused on helping people be healthy.
And we want to help as many people as we can at Atlanta West Dentistry.
This is why we offer sedation dentistry at our practice. Some procedures are more complicated and more time-consuming than others. Sedation dentistry helps our patients remain calm and relaxed throughout that process.
Some patients are anxious or even fearful about specific procedures or about dental care in general. By offering multiple sedation options, they have a way to sit in one of our chairs to get oral care they need.
You can call us at (770) 635-5336 if you have questions about dental sedation. In the meantime, we will discuss some of the ways we used sedation to help our patients below.
Let’s imagine a patient, who we’ll call Fred*, who is interested in full-mouth reconstruction including a series of dental implants.
Fred has lived with traditional dentures for a few years, and he’s decided they are too frustrating. He’s ready to get implants so his teeth replacements function more like his real teeth did (before he lost them).
This process involves placing dental implants directly into his jawbone. Implants replace the roots of his missing teeth, after all.
Fred would prefer to be unaware of this part of the process while it is happening. He’s come to Atlanta West Dentistry because our doctors are proficient in both implant placement and IV sedation.
IV sedation is the strongest form of sedation dentistry that we offer. This requires extensive training, and few dentist offices provide it. By coming to see us, Fred can remain comfortable throughout the procedure and get the benefits that come with having dental implants when it’s finished.
Rachel* is normally pretty relaxed when she comes to the dentist. We wouldn’t necessarily say she enjoys dental cleanings and exams, but she understands that they are important.
She does appreciate that we have a friendly staff who go out our way to help her feel comfortable. (Rachel really likes that she can use one of our foam neck pillows during her visits.)
When she started having a toothache, that was a slightly different matter. She called to make an appointment, worried that she might be having a dental emergency. As it turned out, Rachel had an infected tooth, and she needed a root canal.
The look on her face upon hearing that news told us that she wasn’t going to be as relaxed about this treatment as she was about her routine cleanings.
She was grateful to learn about our oral conscious sedation option. Oral sedation involves taking medication before her procedure begins. In addition to blocking pain, the medicine kept her in a relaxed state so Rachel didn’t really remember any of what happened during her root canal.
Her sister took her home after the treatment was over, and Rachel rested for the remainder of the day. When she woke up, she was happy to know that her tooth would be feeling normal again after her recovery.
Going to the dentist — for any reason — is hard for Dave*. He had multiple cavities as a child, and that left him feeling anxious about dental visits as an adult.
Dave still remembers the sound of “the drill,” and even though he hasn’t had a cavity in years, he gets chills thinking about that whirring sound. Fortunately, he also knows that nitrous oxide sedation is an option at our Marietta, GA office.
When he makes his regular appointments with us, Dave always lets us know that he will be wanting the gas during his visits.
Nitrous oxide (or “laughing gas”) works quickly and efficiently. We put the mask over his nose, turn on the gas, and let him breathe it in. After a few minutes, he’s feeling relaxed and remains pain-free. This allows one of our dental hygienists to clean his teeth without causing him any worries.
When the cleaning is done, we turn off the gas. A few minutes later, Dave is feeling like himself again and ready to take on the rest of his day.
With three levels of sedation, you can feel confident that we can find a way to help you get the dental care that you need at Atlanta West Dentistry.
Just call (770) 635-5336 or contact us online if you have questions or you are ready to make an appointment.
* These patients are not real people, although these are real treatments that we offer at our practice.
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