Americans everywhere avoid seeing oral health professionals because at times the fear and anxiety that comes with a dental visit or procedure is too much to handle. Although many times these fears can be addressed, sometimes the anxiety is just too much to overcome. Even the most routine treatment can send a patient into a tailspin.
It’s important that you talk to your doctor about your fears and anxieties so that an underlying cause can be identified. For those times when it’s just too much and you can’t stand the thought of sitting in that chair, sedation dentistry might be the best way to ensure that you still get the care you deserve for your mouth.
Different Levels of Sedation
Depending on the level of your anxiety and the procedure that is being performed, you may choose different levels of sedation.
- Minimal – Helps to alleviate fear during the exam, but you still remain alert during treatment.
- Moderate – While you are still awake, you are more relaxed and responsive movements may be significantly slowed down.
- Deep – Sedation to the edge of consciousness with intensive monitoring throughout the entire procedure. You may sleep through treatment with deep sedation.
With all three levels of sedation, you are unlikely to remember much about your visit. Consequently, visiting the periodontist in Atlanta, GA, can become more of a relaxing, beneficial experience than one that causes fear.
Depending on the level of your sedation, your medication may be administered several different ways.
- IV – Medication is inserted directly into the veins through an IV.
- Nitrous Oxide – Patient breathes in nitrous oxide through a mask placed over the nose.
- Orally – Medication is given in pill form and typically taken before you get to the office.
No matter how the medication is administered, sedation dentistry is almost guaranteed to calm your nerves and ensure that you are able to get the care you need for a whiter, brighter smile.
Give Us a Call
If you deal with dental fear or anxiety and want to learn more about how sedation dentistry can be beneficial to you, call us today at 678-389-6994 to schedule an appointment.
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