Does the thought of having your teeth cleaned make your entire body tense with fear and anxiety? Would you rather endure the pain of a toothache than visit a dentist’s office? If you would, you’re not alone. A lot of people are so afraid about going to the dentist that they prefer not to have any treatment. The good news is that sedation dentistry in GA can relieve that anxiety and it can be used for everything from invasive procedures to a simple tooth cleaning. How it’s used depends on the severity of the fear.
What Is Sedation Dentistry in GA?
Sedation dentistry uses medication to help patients relax during dental procedures. Sometimes referred to as “sleep dentistry,” patients are usually awake with the exception of those who are under general anesthesia.
The levels of sedation used include:
1. Minimal sedation – the patient is awake but relaxed;
2. Moderate sedation – the patient may slur their words when speaking and not remember much of the procedure;
3. Deep sedation – the patient is on the edge of consciousness but can still be awakened;
4. General anesthesia – the patient is completely unconscious.
Regardless of which type of sedation dentistry you receive, you’ll also typically need a local anesthetic, which is a numbing medication at the site where the dentist is working in the mouth, to relieve pain if the procedure causes any discomfort.
Who is a Candidate for Sedation Dentistry in GA?
Sedation dentistry is most appropriate for people with a real fear or anxiety that is preventing them from going to the dentist. It may also be appropriate for people who:
1. Have a low pain threshold;
2. Have trouble sitting still in the dentist’s chair;
3. Experience sensitivity in their teeth;
4. Have a bad gag reflex;
5. Require a large amount of dental work.
Sometimes, children are given sedation if they are afraid of going to the dentist or refuse to cooperate during their visit. Nitrous oxide tends to be safe in children, and just about any dentist can administer it. A smaller percentage of pediatric dentists in GA are trained to give children oral sedation, but it can be safe when kept within the recommended dose for the child’s age and weight.
Can Any Dentist in GA Perform Sedation Dentistry?
It’s important to make sure that your dentist is trained and qualified to administer the type of sedation you will be receiving. Be informed – you should make sure the following things are done during the procedure.
1. Before the procedure, your dentist should review your medical history to determine whether you are an appropriate candidate for sedation and ask about any medications you’re currently taking.
2. You should ask what dose of the sedative is appropriate for your age and health and whether it is within the dose recommended by the FDA.
3. It’s important to find out how much training the dentist has and how many procedures he or she has performed using sedation. The more procedures the dentist has performed, the better.
4. You should receive a form detailing the risks of the procedure. Go over it carefully with your dentist. Ask questions if you’re unclear on any of the wording.
5. The dentist should monitor your vital signs during the procedure following the American Dental Association’s guidelines and have oxygen and drugs that reverse the effects of sedation on hand in case you need them.
Are you interested in determining if you are a candidate for anxiety-free sedation dentistry in GA? Don’t put your oral health at risk any longer! Contact us today to schedule a consultation. You can call us or book an appointment online. And be sure to check out our before and after gallery and our testimonials and reviews before your visit! You can also take our online consult quiz to determine if sedation dentistry is right for you.