Sedation Dentistry Eliminates Dental Anxiety

You know you ought to see the dentist, but you just can’t bring yourself to do it. Whether you’ve had a bad experience before, or just afraid of what your dentist is going to find, avoiding the dentist’s chair puts your oral health -- and overall health -- at risk.  

At  Spectrum Dental Care, our expert team offers several different sedation techniques to our Norcross, Georgia-area patients, under the expert guidance of Ifeanyi Ezunu, DDS. These sedation techniques allow you to get the care you need for a future of great health, dental and otherwise. If you or a loved one is avoiding your regular dental care because of anxiety and fear, why not learn a little bit about our sedation options?

Why so anxious?

Dental anxiety affects a wide range of people and puts them at risk for oral health problems. In kids, the discomfort often stems from a natural fear of the unknown. The noises, the instruments, and the fact that they can’t really see what’s going on are often to blame. Let’s face it, the sounds of a drill can be magnified when it’s inside your head. 

Adult dental fear may carry over from childhood or as a result of a negative, painful experience in the dentist’s chair.  Another factor for adults is that they often have some anxiety about what might be wrong with their teeth and gums after years of deferred dental treatments. Anxiety about their oral health only gets worse as time goes on, leading them to think that a trip to the dentist will mean nothing but bad news and extensive catch-up work.

If you or your kids fall into any of these categories, we have several ways to make your time in our chair a more pleasant experience. After getting the care and sedation dentistry they need at Spectrum Dental Care, our patients realize that their fears were unfounded.

Chill out

To help our patients get the dental care they need, and to ease their concerns about it, we offer several different levels of sedation dentistry:

Mild sedation

If your anxiety isn’t about a specific procedure, but just the whole idea of going to the dentist, we use minimal sedation techniques, such as an oral sedative that you can take before you even come through our doors or nitrous oxide once you get here. Nitrous oxide is a fast-acting, odorless gas that’s often referred to as “laughing gas” because it not only provides anesthetic benefits, it puts you into a temporary state of euphoria. 

With mild sedation, you’re completely aware of what’s going on around you, you’re just more relaxed. As quickly as the nitrous oxide goes to work, it subsides just as fast once we remove the mask and have you inhale some oxygen.

Moderate sedation

If you need something stronger to ease your anxiety, we offer moderate sedation in the form of oral pills or intravenous (IV) sedation.  With this degree of sedation, you may still be conscious, but you’re in a dissociative state that may make you slur your speech or doze in and out.

One of the advantages of IV sedation is that we continually control your level of comfort throughout your visit, tweaking it as necessary, and discontinuing  it just as soon as we’ve finished your procedure. The effects of the IV sedation dissipate quickly once we remove the IV. However, you still need someone to drive you home.

Deep sedation

If you have an intense fear of dental work, we offer deep sedation in the form of general anesthesia that puts you to sleep for the entire procedure. We first evaluate your health to be sure you’re able to tolerate general anesthesia. Our anesthesiologist monitors you closely during the entire  procedure.

Don’t risk your oral health because of anxiety. Contact us about sedation dentistry options by booking an appointment online or calling our friendly team.

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