Dental anxiety is common. Sedation dentistry allows patients to relax and enjoy their dental experience. At the Atlanta Center for Cosmetic Dentistry, our dentists offer mild and moderate levels of sedation.
Below is a question from a patient of another practice about this treatment.
I have a question about the rules on what sedation dentistry can be used for. Most people probably can get their cavities filled with no problems, but I can’t. I’m embarrassed to say that I’ve put off dental appointments for the past 2 years. Three of my teeth really hurt and I am certain that I have cavities because of the level of pain. I know I need to go to the dentist to have my teeth cleaned, but I also need cavities filled. Can I be sedated for quick and simple procedures like getting white fillings in my teeth? Thx. – Shaphan
Shaphan – Yes, you can get sedation dentistry while you receive composite fillings in your cavities and for just about any other dental procedure. In our office we also offer other amenities to put you at ease during your appointments. These include:
- Full-time massage therapist for hand and foot massages during your appointment
- Bose headphones to drown out any dental noises during your treatment
- Warm neck wraps and blankets to help you stay comfortable
- Two personal televisions for you to enjoy your favorite show
You’re Not Alone
There’s no need to feel embarrassed about your nervousness. Nearly 40 million Americans have dental anxiety. Many people repeatedly reschedule or skip dental appointments altogether. But if your oral health declines due to missed dental visits, the results can also affect your overall health. Many of our patients take advantage of sedation dentistry which has helped to ease their dental anxiety.
Advantages of Sedation Dentistry
- It helps you relax before and during your dental appointment.
- The sights, sounds, and feelings of dental equipment won’t bother you.
- Your dentist can accomplish more in one visit.
- You might not remember what happened during the appointment.
Nitrous oxide – This is the mildest level of sedation. You will breathe in colorless, odorless gas (also known as “laughing gas”) during your appointment to help you relax.
Oral conscious sedation – This level is moderate. Your dentist will give it to you to take in advance of your appointment. You’ll come to our office relaxed and ready for dental care.
IV sedation – A higher level of sedation. IV sedation will be administered by an anesthesiologist. You will be so relaxed that you may not be aware of your dental procedure. We will monitor your vital signs and ensure your safety and comfort throughout the procedure. Before your appointment you will need to make arrangements for transportation to and from our office.
We recommend that you schedule a consultation with one of our dentists to discuss your dental needs and your anxiety. They will determine which level of sedation is best for your needs. Our dentists are personable and understanding of anxious patients. Their gentle manner can increase your comfort level and decrease your anxiety. We welcome you to call us at 404-994-4509 to schedule an appointment or request an appointment online.