Relax with Your Sedation Dentist in Dunwoody
Visiting the dentist makes most people feel at least a little nervous, and this is perfectly normal. However, for some, this anxiety actually prevents them from getting their essential dental care every year, and it’s usually their smile that pays the price. For these patients, small dental problems are allowed to develop into serious ones, leading to unexpected emergency visits and even more fear of dental care. Thankfully, your sedation dentists in Dunwoody, Dr. Jeff Rodgers and Dr. Meredith Hughes, can calm even the worst dental nerves using something called sedation dentistry. With it, they can help even the most fearful patient have a calm, comfortable, and fulfilling dental experience.
What is sedation dentistry?
Sedation dentistry is a collection of trusted and effective techniques that can be used to help dental patients relax, reduce anxiety, and minimize discomfort. Its goal is to allow patients to enjoy their dental visits rather than fear them, and it accomplishes this by calming their mind and protecting them from any potential pain. Sedation dentistry is safe, non-invasive, and can be used with a wide variety of patients and procedures.
Why would I need sedation dentistry?
The primary reason our practice uses sedation is to help our patients feel safe and comfortable in the dental chair. It’s also able to reduce any sensations they may feel during their treatment. It can even help those patients who want to have multiple procedures completed in a single visit in order to save time. Plus, it can also help those who have difficulty sitting in the dental chair with their mouth open for an extended period of time, such as those with a sensitive gag reflex or chronic back/neck pain. All in all, if you have any issues with visiting the dentist, sedation is likely able to help.
What does sedation dentistry feel like?
Sedation dentistry commonly involves the use of laughing gas. For this, all a patient has to do is wear a small nasal mask and breathe in a mixture of oxygen and the colorless, odorless gas. After a minute or so, a patient will feel a very warm, relaxing sensation throughout their body. The mask will remain on during the entire appointment, and Dr. Rodgers or Dr. Hughes can adjust how much laughing gas they’re getting to make sure they’re comfortable the entire time. Once the appointment is over and the mask is removed, the gas’ effects wear off almost instantly, allowing a patient to quickly go back to their day as normal.
Is sedation dentistry right for me?
If you are the type of person who has avoided going to the dentist for a long time, sedation dentistry could be exactly what you need to take care of your teeth in complete comfort. We’re able to successfully treat nervous patients every day using it, and whether you’re just a little anxious or completely terrified of the dentist, we know it could help you, too.
If you have any questions about sedation dentistry, or if you would like it to be used at your next appointment, please contact us today.