Dentist in Alpharetta GA

Sedation Dentistry

What is Sedation Dentistry? The Procedure (note – these two have been combined based on the similarity of information available on the two topics).

In Sedation Dentistry, the patient is sedated in one form or another, whether it be conscious or partially conscious sedation. Dental sedation in Alpharetta is a good option for those with extremely low pain tolerance or those with dental anxiety regarding dental procedures in general. Because your dentist is working with delicate tissues and structures inside your mouth, if your dental anxiety renders you unable to keep still with your mouth open, then oral sedation or partially conscious sedation dentistry may be the right option for  you.

The most common form of sedation is through the application of nitrous oxide, “Laughing Gas,” which calms the patient and, in most cases, is  more than sufficient to pull them through the procedure with minimal discomfort and anxiety. With this form of sedation dentistry, your dentist will place a small mask over your nose and mouth, allowing you to inhale the nitrous oxide or “laughing gas.” This gas will help you to relax and get through the procedure without fear or discomfort.

With more nervous patients, more advanced methods may be used to calm their nerves as well as dull the pain of some procedures. The most common form of sedation is Oral Sedation.

With Oral Sedation, pills are given to the patient which may include codeine and valium. This form of sedation can sometimes also be known as Conscious Sedation and may be used in situations such as wisdom tooth extraction, in which the dentist needs the patient to be communicative. Although you will be technically conscious and able to communicate under conscious sedation, most patients remember little or nothing of the procedure itself once the sedation wears off.