It is easy to say “don’t be afraid” to friends or loved ones who fear the dentist. However, conquering dental anxiety may not be easy for some people. There are patients who get cold feet at the thought of seeing the dentist, or who just do not want to cooperate with the dentist during a treatment. If this sounds like you, you are not alone. We can help you get the dental treatments you need without the feeling of stress, fear, or anxiety. Our practice is trained to provide sedation dentistry, so you will get the necessary dental treatments and reap the benefits of optimum oral health. Sedation dentistry is here because everyone simply deserves to have professional dental care.
What is Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry caters to dental patients who manifest fear or phobia at the thought of a dental visit, and upon seeing the dentist. Oral sedatives are used to calm down and relax a patient before and during the dental treatment. Oral sedation can be given to patients with dental phobia over the age of 16. Before sedation dentistry is administered, the dentist needs to check your medical and dental history. The doctor needs to know any form of allergies and diseases, as well as the current medications you are taking. The doctor will then determine if you are eligible for oral sedation.
How is Oral Sedation Given?
The doctor prescribes oral medicines that you should take at a predetermined time before your scheduled treatment. Once you arrive at the dental practice, the doctor and his team monitor your response to the sedatives and will be with you during the entire process. They will begin your dental treatment the moment you are ready. Since you are sedated, the dentist can be able to perform multiple procedures in a single office visit.
Will I be Conscious During My Dental Treatment?
Sedation dentistry allows you to relax but conscious during your dental treatment. You respond to instructions and even communicate with the dentist. However, you won’t remember much about what transpired during your dentist’s appointment. It will feel as if you were in a conscious dream wherein the doctor took care of your teeth. Rest assured that your safety is the primary consideration of our dental team. Our goal is for you to undergo a dental treatment without fear and achieve healthy teeth and gums.
Is It Safe for Me to Drive After the Procedure?
We advise you to have someone accompany you to our dental office, and stay with you after your treatment, until the sedative wears off. Thus, it is best that someone drives you home, to ensure that you arrive home safely.
How Safe is Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry is a specialized field of dentistry that is very safe, so long as it is performed by a qualified, experienced dentist. Doctors like Dr. Ballard will not perform oral sedation unless it is absolutely necessary. We assure you that safety protocols are always followed . If you think you will benefit from sedation dentistry and reside in the Atlanta, GA area, give us a call at (404) 261-0610. Don’t let fear or physical/mental limitations stop you from receiving the dental treatments you need. Sedation dentistry can help you.