So many people are nervous and anxious about going to the dentist, and it’s easy to understand why. The techniques and tools of yesterday’s dentistry—and the sights, sounds, and sensations that came with them—left a lot to be desired. We have talked to some people here in our Acworth, GA, office who have terrible memories from their childhood dental experiences that they carry with them to this day.
The good news is that those days are long gone, and Dr. Brian Mitchell and our whole team are passionate about educating our neighbors about the new technologies and techniques that have transformed the dental experience. One of those advancements we are proud to offer is sedation dentistry.
Nitrous Oxide Sedation
With our sedation procedure, you remain completely conscious during the entire treatment, but you may be so relaxed that you fall asleep, which is just fine. We use nitrous oxide, which gives you a gentle sense of overall calm for the duration of the procedure. Regardless of your level of anxiety when you walk through our front doors, sedation dentistry will make your visit comfortable and relaxing. After the treatment is complete, we will administer pure oxygen, which flushes the nitrous oxide from your body, and you can continue your day as usual. You recover in a matter of minutes and there are no residual after effects. You should even be able to drive yourself home without any issue.
Your Health & Safety Are Our Top Priorities
Before administering sedation, we will provide you with a thorough health screening. We will ask you about what medications and supplements you take to prevent any drug interactions and explain the process to you in detail before we begin.
When it comes to a simpler dentist procedure, such as filling a cavity, Dr. Mitchell will typically use an injectable local anesthetic. It takes effect within about ten minutes and lasts up to an hour before wearing off. It’s incredibly effective, with no after effects. And for those who get nervous about needles, it can easily be combined with sedation dentistry.
Never let anxiety or stress stand in the way of you having the healthy, beautiful smile that you deserve. Reach out to the caring, experienced team in our Acworth, GA, office today to find out if sedation dentistry is right for you.