Before we do anything else, we want you to make a list of 20 people who you know. Now pick any three names on that list.
According to experts, up to 15 percent of people (or 3 in 20) avoid going to the dentist because of dental anxiety or fear.
Across the country, that could mean as many as 40 million people are not getting the oral care they need.
If you are one of them, then we encourage you to take some time to read today’s post. Sedation dentistry at our office in Marietta, GA, could help you find a way to deal with your dental anxiety and keep your mouth healthy.
We offer three kinds of oral sedation at our office — nitrous oxide (or laughing gas), oral sedation, and IV sedation.
At Atlanta West Dentistry, we know that each patient is different. By offering multiple forms of sedation, we are able to help more people.
Instead of encouraging you to make an appointment. We first want you to learn more about when you may want to use sedation and to learn more about us.
Sedation Dentistry For Preventive Care
For some patients, just thinking about dental care causes dental anxiety. If you are one of them, then oral sedation may be a great option.
Oral sedation involves taking a single dose of medication prior to your appointment. This takes a little time to take effect, but those effects can last for hours. You will need a family member or friend to bring you to our office and to take you home when your treatment is over.
Most people don’t remember much, if anything, about their visit. Nevertheless, they still receive the benefits of a professional dental cleaning and exam at our Marietta, GA, dentist office.
If you have mild or moderate anxiety, nitrous oxide may be a better option for you. When you sit in the dentist chair, you will inhale the gas throughout your appointment.
Unlike oral sedation, nitrous oxide takes effect quickly. Within a minute or two, you will be in a relaxed, calm state which will allow you to have your teeth cleaned in peace.
Nitrous oxide also wears off quickly. We will remove the gas after your cleaning is done, and just by breathing normally, you will go back to feeling like yourself in a matter of minutes.
Sedation Dentistry For Restorative Care
Even for patients who are comfortable receiving cleanings, restorative care can cause feelings of anxiety. We know because we have seen the looks on patient’s faces when they learn they will need a dental filling, a root canal treatment, or even a tooth replacement.
Again, the right kind of sedation can vary depending on your level of dental anxiety and how complicated your procedure might be.
For one patient, a little local anesthetic and some nitrous oxide may be all she needs to get through a root canal treatment. Another patient may prefer oral sedation to be absolutely sure he doesn’t remember anything about getting a dental filling.
Our staff at Atlanta West Dentistry is here to work with each a patient to find the right solution.
Sedation Dentistry For Complex Procedures
One of the services that we offer our patients is full-mouth reconstruction. This can take hours to complete. It can involve removing teeth, placing dental implants, attaching tooth replacements, and other procedures.
This is a time when IV sedation may be necessary for everyone involved. We want to keep you calm, relaxed, and pain-free at every step of this kind of procedure.
And that also makes it easier for the dentist performing your treatment and the people assisting him or her. When we know you are comfortable, it helps us keep our focus on the task at hand.
Like nitrous oxide, IV sedation takes effects quite quickly. And like oral sedation, the effects of IV sedation can last for a while after your treatment is over.
If you receive IV sedation, you will need someone to take you home, and you will want to rest when you get there.
But most importantly, you will have done what you needed to do improve your oral health.
Talk To Us About Dental Sedation
If you struggle with dental anxiety, it’s OK. We understand, and we can find a way to help you get the dental care that you need and deserve.