A large percentage of the population puts off dental visits due to fear. We will not make any patient feel embarrassed about dental phobias and we will not pass judgment on any person's current state of oral health. Whether you have not seen a dentist in three years or three decades, it is our intent to make you as comfortable as possible in our general dentistry practice. One way we do this is with mild sedation.
Many dental offices promote sedation dentistry as "sleep dentistry." This is not what you should expect if you receive dental treatment under sedation. The purpose of sedation is to reduce your anxiety to a level at which you can comfortably receive treatment. While you may feel incredibly relaxed during your visit with us thanks to your selected sedative, you can remain alert and able to communicate with us during your time in the dental chair. Mild sedation such as nitrous oxide or oral conscious sedation does wonders even for highly anxious patients who have put off dental care for years.
Our two forms of sedation, nitrous oxide and oral conscious sedation are perfect because they require no injections and very little "wait-time." Nitrous, especially, is a fast-acting method of dental sedation.
Nitrous oxideThis form of sedation has been around for hundreds of years. It has been widely used in dental offices all around the world for patients of all ages. At the onset of treatment, we begin the administration of nitrous mixed with oxygen through a small nasal mask. Within seconds, deep relaxation occurs. Many patients describe feeling extremely happy and "light," like they are floating, when relaxed with nitrous. A significant benefit to this sedative is that its effects diminish immediately upon the cessation of nitrous administration. This means that you can safely drive immediately after your dental visit.
Oral conscious sedationOral conscious sedation is extremely safe. There are several types of medication, such as Valium, that enable patients to relax before dental visits. Because it is possible to take an oral sedative well before a dental appointment, this method is preferred by those with significant dental anxiety. Dr. Nail has completed additional training in the area of oral conscious sedation in order to provide patients with the highest standard of care. An aspect of oral sedation that you need to know is that the effects of sedatives take longer to subside. While you can walk, talk, and perform other tasks, you should not drive. In fact, due to the amnesiac effect caused by sedation, it is recommended that you rest at home for the remainder of the day.
We care about the impact your oral health has on your health, your confidence, and your quality of life. Contact Athens Oconee Dentistry to learn more about sedation dentistry.
Athens Oconee DentistryExcellent and friendly service. I had to have a tooth extracted and was terrified of having the procedure done. Dr Nails staff was very polite and reassuring. They did the extraction with no problems and later called to check on my progress. Highly recommend!
- Minimal Oral Sedation Athens - With minimal oral sedation, you can receive dental care without fear