Visiting the dentist isn’t anyone’s favorite activity — but for too many people, just the thought of having dental work performed is enough to make them head for the hills. It’s a real problem when the dental anxiety or fear becomes so severe that it inhibits the regular visits to the dentist in Marietta that keep smiles healthy for a lifetime.
Fortunately, there is a solution for dental fear and anxiety. Sedation dentistry relaxes you just enough to help you comfortably receive the treatments you need for lasting oral health and wellness. Dr. Neely Davis Thornton offers two options in sedation: nitrous oxide (AKA laughing gas) and oral conscious sedation.
Sedation dentistry provides comfort for people who are nervous or anxious, but it’s also a good option for patients who wish to have multiple procedures completed in just one visit to the office. People who have physical barriers that make reclining in the dental chair difficult can also benefit from sedation dentistry.
Nitrous Oxide for Minor Procedures
Nitrous oxide (laughing gas) takes effect quickly and wears off almost instantly, so you can go on about your day without any lasting grogginess. It’s a gas you breathe in throughout the treatment. With nitrous oxide, you will feel warm, relaxed, and removed from what’s going on around you — definitely not worried about a thing. We like laughing gas because it helps our patients realize just how funny our jokes truly are.
Patients of all ages can benefit from nitrous oxide. It’s best for people with mild to moderate nerves undergoing routine procedures, like a checkup and cleaning, periodontal therapy, or a filling.
Really Relax With Oral Conscious Sedation
If you have more significant fear or anxiety regarding visiting the dentist, or if you are undergoing a more complex/longer procedure, oral conscious sedation can put you in a deeper state of relaxation. You are still technically awake while under this type of sedation, but you are completely removed from the sensations of what’s going on around you. Many patients don’t have any memories of the procedure once the medicine wears off.
To achieve oral conscious sedation, we will prescribe a medicine for you to take orally about an hour in advance of the procedure. By the time you’re settling into the chair, you’re fully relaxed. We will apply local anesthesia to numb the treatment site, and then we are ready to begin.
Oral conscious sedation is used for procedures like:
- Root canal
- Gum disease therapy
- Porcelain veneers
Plan for someone to drive you to and from your appointment with oral conscious sedation, as the medicine will affect your ability to operate heavy machinery (you know, like a car). Any associated side effects, like nausea or sleepiness, should be temporary and mild.
Think Sedation Could Help?
If you are interested in trying out sedation dentistry for your upcoming appointment, we think that’s a great idea! The Thornton Dental Wellness team looks forward to helping you receive the care you need, comfortably. Please schedule an appointment with your sedation dentist in Marietta today.