Sedation Dentistry – Greensboro, GA
Helping You Feel Comfortable in the Treatment Chair
Countless people struggle with dental-related anxiety and fear every day – it can even be severe enough to prevent patients from scheduling needed treatment. At Lake Oconee Dentistry, your comfort is always a top priority for our team, which is why we offer sedation dentistry alongside enjoyable dental office amenities and plenty of friendly faces. With sedation dentistry, patients can achieve genuine relaxation that lasts throughout their procedure. Contact our dental office today if you’d like to learn more about sedation dentistry in Greensboro, GA, or if you’re ready to schedule your first appointment with Dr. Patti Bradley, Dr. David Bradley, Dr. Andrea Feldman, or Dr. Shelly Pound.
Why Choose Lake Oconee Dentistry for Sedation Dentistry?
- Great for Patients with Gag Reflexes
- Caring & Compassionate Dental Team
- Dental Insurance-Friendly Dental Office
Good Candidates for Sedation Dentistry
Our team is likely to recommend sedation dentistry for patients who fit into any of the following categories:
- If you struggle with severe feelings of nervousness or anxiety when faced with upcoming dental treatment
- If you have a low tolerance for pain and/or highly sensitive teeth
- If you struggle with sitting still comfortably for long periods of time
- If you have a strong gag reflex
- If you’re in need of multiple complex dental procedures and would prefer to complete them in a single visit
Oral Conscious Dental Sedation
Our doctors have studied sedation dentistry at some of the most prestigious dental education institutions in the country, and patients can feel safe with us throughout the process. It’s simple – we will provide a prescription for an oral sedative that should be taken at a predetermined time before your appointment is set to begin. Once you’ve arrived, our team members will help you settle down comfortably in the treatment chair and get ready for your procedure. While sedated, patients will still be awake and able to respond to commands while feeling deeply calm and at ease. Many don’t even remember much about their visit once it’s complete, which can be ideal!
Patients undergoing oral sedation will need to arrange for a trusted friend or family member to accompany them to and from our Greensboro dental office.
Nitrous Oxide Dental Sedation
Nitrous oxide is a sedation method that we can administer in-office, as soon as you sit down in the treatment chair. We’ll place a small nose mask over your face that will allow you to breathe in a colorless, odorless gas. Within about a minute, you’ll notice a relaxing and calming wave wash over you that will signify that the full effects of nitrous oxide have taken place. After your treatment, we’ll remove the mask and the effects will quickly wear off, allowing you to go on with your day as you normally would.
Sedation Dentistry Frequently Asked Questions
If you’re overly anxious when it comes to the dentist, it’s completely understandable that you’re still curious about sedation dentistry. Sedation helps fearful patients achieve the oral health they deserve while overcoming their fear of the dentist. We want all our patients to have the information they need for ultimate peace of mind! That’s why we’ve included the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about sedation dentistry. Read on to learn more!
Is laughing gas a type of sedation?
Nitrous oxide is a common type of sedation dentistry, but you may know it as laughing gas. This easily controlled and mild form of sedation is administered through a comfortable nasal piece that you’ll wear during the appointment. Depending on your needs, the laughing gas can be turned up or down for a better dental experience overall. This form of sedation works best for patients with slight dental anxiety, keeping them at ease while they maintain good oral health.
How long does sedation last?
No two patients are the same, which is why the time you feel sedated can vary. It also depends on the type of sedation we treat you with. Nitrous oxide sedation wears off incredibly fast, allowing you to drive home once your appointment is done without any aftereffects. However, oral conscious sedation will last longer. You will take a pill about an hour before your appointment, and you will experience the effects until you’re finished. Next, it’s completely normal to still feel sleepy or a bit more relaxed than normal, which is why we recommend that you have a ride to and from our dental office.
Is sedation dentistry safe?
Our team of experts is highly trained, providing effective and incredibly safe sedation dentistry. We get to know you, understanding your dental fear and anxiety before developing a personalized treatment option. Oral conscious sedation is a tried-and-true solution for dental fear with very minimal side effects if any at all. We will be with you every step of the way to ensure that you’re safe and happy.
Will I fall asleep during dental sedation?
With any type of sedation, it is fairly common for patients to fall asleep. However, one of the unique benefits of sedation dentistry is that you will remain conscious. If you doze off, it’s just because you’re so relaxed and calm. We have blankets and other amenities to keep you as comfortable as possible. If we need you, a simple tap on the shoulder will wake you up! This also allows you to enjoy your day after your appointment without feeling too groggy or out of it.
If you have any additional questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us today!