Conscious Sedation Dentistry in Lithia Springs, GA - Anxiety Relief
For many patients, visiting the dentist can be daunting. Many people would rather suffer through periodontal disease than find themselves underneath the lamplight being worked on by a dentist. Thankfully, modern dentistry gives patients that need a little encouragement getting into the dental office the opportunity to participate in conscious sedation, making for virtually painless treatments.
What is Sedation?
Sedation dentistry uses medication to assist patients with encouraging them to get into the dental office to maintain good dental hygiene. Sedation helps relax patients, allowing them to engage in dental treatment without fear or anxiety. While some sedation services may give patients the opportunity to be completely unconscious during dental procedures, the majority of sedation services leave the patient conscious.
Oral Conscious Sedation
At our Lithia Springs dental office, we offer oral conscious sedation in the form of Valium. Valium is a benzodiazepine, a type of medication that produces a calming effect by shutting down the receptors in the brain that are responsible for fear and anxiety. Taking Valium an hour before your scheduled appointment can ease anxiety prior to entering the dentist’s chair. Valium acts as a sedative, allowing patients to relax prior to participating in dental procedure.
We also offer nitrous oxide as an alternative, in-office sedation service. Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, offers acts as an anesthetic as well as a sedative. While oral conscious sedation methods such as valium can be effective for most patients, the inhalant nitrous oxide allows patients a quicker method of sedation that doesn’t require taking a pill prior to your dental appointment.
Specialized Dental Care
Our office offers differing levels of sedation. We take into consideration the age, height, and weight of our all patients when administering sedation, making sure to be sensitive to any allergies they may have. An escort is required in both cases of sedation. Patients opting for sedation dentistry may become disoriented for a period of time while under medication.
Visit our Lithia Springs dental office and speak with Dr. Claude P. Daniel to find out if sedation dentistry is right for you. Give us a call to schedule your consultation today!