Our East Cobb dental office understands that dental anxiety is a common problem for people of all ages. Perhaps you had a bad experience with a dentist during a routine teeth cleaning or an oral surgery years ago and swore you would just take care of your own teeth from that point forward. The problem is that everyone needs professional teeth cleaning and many need restorative services or oral surgery as well.
We are not here to judge you, only to help you feel as comfortable as possible so you can receive the dental services you need to achieve the best possible oral health. One way that we do this at our East Cobb dental practice is to offer patients several options for sedation dentistry. This helps you to relax enough to allow the procedure while still retaining the ability to communicate with staff for all but deep sedation.
Is Sedation Dentistry Right for You?
Dr. Patel understands what it is like to fear going to the dentist as he has dealt with dental anxiety himself. This helps to empathize with your concerns and to continue researching ways to make dental appointments more comfortable. Besides feeling dental anxiety, sedation dentistry might be a good option if you struggle with any of the following concerns:
- Some or all of your teeth are extremely sensitive
- You normally do not tolerate pain very well
- You require a large amount of dental work at the same time
When you choose sedation, it is often possible to complete multiple procedures in one appointment rather than needing to schedule several appointments with our East Cobb dental practice. Dr. Patel uses only the minimal amount of sedation necessary to help you feel relaxed and comfortable before starting his work.
Types of Sedation Dentistry Offered by Our East Cobb Dental Office
Shallowford Dental is pleased to offer you the following four options in sedation dentistry:
- Deep sedation: This may be appropriate if you have extreme anxiety, need multiple procedures performed, or for children and adults with cognitive or behavioral deficits who would be unable to cooperate with the dentist. Because it is the same type of sedation patients receive for other surgical procedures, it typically takes place outside of a dental setting. However, Dr. Patel will likely still be involved.
- Inhaled sedation: Also known as laughing gas or minimal sedation, this involves breathing in nitrous oxide through a plastic mask placed over your nose. Although the medication keeps you calm during your dental appointment, it wears off quickly afterwards. That means you can drive home and resume normal activities almost right away.
- Intravenous (IV) sedation: For this type of sedation, Dr. Patel inserts a tiny needle into a vein and you receive the medication through a tube. It works very quickly since it goes directly to your bloodstream.
- Oral sedation: You will take an oral sedative if you choose this option. It will make you feel sleepy and you may not remember much about the appointment once it wears off.
We want to see you get the dental care you need. Please contact our East Cobb dental practice with additional questions or to schedule an appointment.