Dental care does not need to be stressful or uncomfortable, even for those who have anxiety when visiting the dentist. Sedation dentistry allows patients to relax and feel at ease while they receive the dental treatments that they need to maintain their smile and oral health. At The Dentist Centers, we put our patients first and want to provide them with a pleasant experience when they visit our offices. We offer relaxation options, such as nitrous oxide and oral conscious sedation, at our clinics in Sandy Springs and Alpharetta.
Dental anxiety is one of the main reasons some people prefer sedation during dental procedures. These safe medications can help put their mind at ease and allow them to relax during treatments. There are other reasons we use sedation for some of our patients. Those with an over-active gag reflex can benefit from sedation, as well as some people with disabilities that make it difficult for them to relax. Sedation can help put our patient into a calm state, allowing us to complete our treatments quicker and without interruption.
Oral Conscious Sedation or Nitrous Oxide
The type of sedation used depends on the person and procedure. Nitrous oxide, also called laughing gas, is a safe, mild sedative for those with a slight to moderate dental anxiety or gag reflex. Breathing in the gas creates a euphoric state, but the effects quickly dissipate when you stop inhaling in the fumes. Oral conscious sedation is a stronger sedation that uses an oral medication to put the patient into a relaxed state. The effects can last longer, requiring someone to bring the patient to and from their dental appointment.
At The Dentist Centers, we want to help all our patients get the dental care they need with as little stress as possible. Ask us about our free sedation options when you schedule your next treatment.