Sedation Dentistry: Removing Anxiety from the Dental Chair
It’s common for children and adults alike to be apprehensive about going to the dentist.
Even though we are dentists and do this every day, we are sympathetic and very understanding that some patients simply dread going to the dentist, no matter how positive the environment can be.
With that said, we offer a variety of sedation options geared towards helping patients feel relaxed and calm during dental procedures.
So, if you have been afraid to go to the dentist in the past, or your child is afraid of the dentist, we have a solution that makes it possible to get the dental care you need without worrying.
What are the different types of sedation dentistry?
At Dental Town, we offer a few different forms of sedation to best suit you or your child’s needs. The most common forms of sedation we use come in the form of nitrous oxide sedation (better known as laughing gas) and other general sedatives to put patients to sleep during a procedure, if necessary.
It’s important to note that whenever we put children to sleep, we work directly with a pediatric anesthesiologist to ensure that every necessary precaution is taken for your child's safety.
Safety is without question our number one priority when it comes to sedation dentistry. There are other forms of sedation dentistry (including oral conscious sedation and IV sedation), but we typically stick with laughing gas and general anesthetics.
How does it work?
Laughing gas has a high success rate and has minimal side effects. During your procedure you or your child will be conscious and able to talk, but will feel completely relaxed and comfortable.
Nitrous oxide actually works by inhalation. The gas is colorless and almost completely odorless at room temperature, yet has the ability to remove pain and give patients a feeling of euphoria.
Our pediatric anesthesiologist will instruct you on post-sedation care, including what you need to watch out for, and what activities you or your child should avoid following your sedation dentistry procedure. Normally, the only side effect is being a little “loopy” (the medically correct term of course) after surgery, which will subside fairly quickly.
What procedures normally use sedation?
Laughing gas and other sedation dentistry procedures can be used for just about any dental procedure, but it can vary based on the patient’s medical history and the specifics of the dental procedure. These are things that our team at Dental Town will address before we ever move forward with any kind of sedative.
Interested in sedation dentistry from Dental Town? Call us today!
If you believe that sedation dentistry would help relieve the dental fears and anxiety you or your child are experiencing, then we encourage you to contact our location nearest you (locations in Alpharetta, Johns Creek/Suwanee, and Cumming, GA) and schedule an appointment.
We are here to provide patients of all ages with high-quality dental care, and would love to share with you what sedation dentistry can do to relieve your dental anxiety once and for all. Contact us today.