It is normal and expected that a trip to the dentist might cause a person to feel a little anxious. Higher levels of anxiety make it challenging to seek the dental care required for optimum oral health. In fact, some individuals avoid the dentist altogether due to high anxiety. This avoidance leads to serious dental problems that often require more extensive and expensive treatment or loss of teeth. At Dental Care Acworth, we circumvent this obstacle to dental care through sedation dentistry.
Our sedation provides a gentle calming effect while you remain conscious. For those who have fears about dental procedures or general unrest while in the dental office, sedation dentistry makes your visit comfortable and relaxing. Our goal is to help you achieve your best oral health with as little anxiety as possible.
Your health and safety are paramount at Dental Care Acworth, so we carefully screen patients before administering sedation. A thorough medical history review is required, and all medications and supplements you are currently taking are considered to prevent drug interactions. The sedation process is explained to you in detail before it is administered.
This standard form of sedation has been used for over a century to provide relaxation for patients undergoing dental procedures. It is known by its more common name, laughing gas. Nitrous oxide is often administered to children to help calm and relax them. It is a safe procedure that entails the patient inhaling a mix of oxygen and nitrous oxide. A pleasant state of mind is induced and maintained through the duration of the procedure. After completion, pure oxygen is administered, the nitrous oxide is flushed from the body and the patient regains full composure.
This form of sedation allows patients to remain conscious during the procedure, but some patients become so relaxed, they may doze off while under the influence of the gas. Recovery from nitrous oxide sedation takes only a few minutes. There are no residual effects from this form of sedation.
If you have questions about sedation dentistry, contact Dental Care Acworth today, and we will be happy to answer them.