If you’ve been putting off a visit to the dentist because of fears, it’s time to learn more about sedation dentistry. At Walton Center for Family Dentistry, we understand that some people have a lot of anxiety about going to the dentist, even for a simple cleaning. Patients who need sedation to feel more relaxed in the dentist chair can rely on the caring staff at Walton Center for Family Dentistry.

What is Sedation Dentistry?

Dentists have often used sedation for major procedures like wisdom tooth removal, but more dentists are starting to see the value of using sedation during more common procedures like regular teeth cleanings. It helps nervous patients keep their appointments, and this improves overall dental health.

Those who choose sedation receive medicine that will help them feel relaxed and at-ease while in the dental chair. With small amounts of the medicine, you are completely conscious and aware the entire time, but you feel more relaxed than usual. If you have an extreme fear or need extensive work on your teeth, the dentist may even use general anesthesia, and you will be completely unconscious. Many people fall somewhere in between these two extremes.

Most of the time, patients needing sedation choose to use nitrous oxide, or “laughing gas.” You inhale this medicine, and it relaxes your body and mind. Dentists also occasionally use oral pills like Halcion, which must be taken an hour before the dental visit to begin feeling the effects. Sometimes, the dentist will give the medication through an IV.

Who Should Use Sedation Dentistry?

Regular dental cleanings are important for your health. Those who avoid the dentist out of fear tend to have more plaque build-up, which can lead to gum disease and tooth loss. Sedation is a good solution for those who:

  • Avoid the dentist out of fear
  • Have panic attacks in the dental chair
  • Can’t relax in the dentist office
  • Need to have a tooth or teeth removed
  • Need extensive cleaning or other dental work

A brief consultation can help you understand what options are available and to determine whether this is the right choice for you.

Is Sedation Dentistry Safe?

Dentists who use sedation have been thoroughly trained in how to safely administer the medications. While there is always a risk of a bad reaction the first time someone takes a medication, the risk of major problems from sedation in a dental office is extremely low. The American Dental Association recommends safe usage of sedation methods, and offers a set of guidelines for dentists who use these medications in their dental practices.

However, it’s important to note that you may not be able to safely drive yourself home after you’ve been sedated at the dentist. Talk to your dentist if this is a concern.

Want to Give Sedation Dentistry a Try?

Let us show you how easy it is to relax at the dentist. We serve patients throughout the Loganville area, and we are eager to work with you. Call 770-450-2030 today to schedule your first consultation or contact us online.