at Thomasville Dental Center
Dental technologies and techniques available today make treatment more comfortable and convenient than ever. Most dental procedures can be accomplished with minimal or no local anesthesia, however, some patients prefer to have surgical procedures or extensive dental treatment with the assistance of dental sedation.
For patients that experience extreme anxiety about having treatment or have special medical needs, sedation dentistry can be an alternative solution to help them receive the care they need while in a completely relaxed state.
Thomasville Dentist Dr. Alan Sanders holds a Georgia professional license that permits him to offer dental sedation to his patients. Dental Sedation options in our office include:
Intravenous (IV) Sedation
Using this approach, a very small IV is placed to administer medications and help you feel completely relaxed during your procedure. A side benefit is that the large majority of patients do not remember anything about their appointment afterwards. This can be helpful for patients that experience a great deal of anxiety about dental treatment.
Getting ready for your dental sedation procedure:
- If you choose to be sedated, you cannot have anything to eat or drink (water included) for six hours before your appointment.
- For your safety, we require that you are accompanied by an adult that can stay with you during treatment and drive you home afterwards.
- We also recommend that your companion stay with you at home until all the effects of the sedation have worn off.
Nitrous Oxide Sedation
Also called "laughing gas", nitrous oxide sedation is inhaled through a fitted nose mask that is worn during dental treatment. For most patients, it creates a mildly relaxing feeling, yet you are awake and able to answer questions and respond to instructions. The effects of nitrous oxide are temporary and end as soon as the mask is removed. Nitrous oxide sedation is used with local dental anesthetic to help make treatment comfortable and pain-free.
Children are often good candidates for nitrous oxide sedation for filling procedures or tooth extractions; being relaxed and comfortable during treatment helps to create a positive experience. We want them to look forward to coming to see us again!
Sedation dentistry has helped many patients complete necessary dental treatment without fear. We always want to help our patients overcome any obstacles that stand in the way of their dental health. If you experience a high level of anxiety about dental treatment, or have extensive dental needs, please do not hesitate to Contact Us to learn more about sedation dentistry.