Very often, a simple injection is enough to numb the area around a tooth targeted for treatment. Sometimes, however, a dental procedure requires more than a simple numbing procedure. At Braselton Smile Studio in Braselton, Georgia, Dr. Oluyemi Workman, DDS, and the team are committed to keeping you as comfortable and pain-free as possible when you’re undergoing treatment. This is true whether you need conscious sedation to help you relax or IV sedation to help you get through a complicated procedure. To learn more about your sedation options, call Braselton Smile Studio or request an appointment online today.
Sedation dentistry provides a relaxing and calming experience for patients who fear the dentist and are overly anxious about undergoing dental procedures. Unlike simple sedation, general anesthesia causes you to fall asleep or become unconscious. Sedation can be administered orally, via an intravenous (IV) drip, or with nitrous oxide (laughing gas) delivered through a nasal mask.
The sedation your dentist recommends depends on the type of procedure you’re having and your level of fear or anxiety.
Minimal sedation, for instance, can relieve the anxiety you feel before and during a dental exam. You remain awake and can respond to directions and questions but should feel calm during the process.
Moderate or conscious sedation provides a deeper level of relaxation. You remain conscious but may slur your words and likely won’t remember much about the procedure.
Deep sedation is reserved for those with deep-seated fears and aversions to the dentist’s office. It places you at the edge of consciousness, but you’re still technically awake.
IV sedation is typically recommended for more complex procedures and especially for those patients whose level of anxiety or extreme behavioral response to the dentist might negatively impact the treatment outcome.
When provided by qualified professionals, like those at Braselton Smile Studio, IV sedation is a safe and beneficial therapy for patients experiencing anxiety and fear regarding dental treatments. The professional team at Braselton Smile Studio is licensed to administer all levels of sedation, and patients are monitored closely throughout their time under sedation.
Even when they’re experiencing significant pain or visible dental problems, many individuals put off a trip to the dentist because of their fear and anxiety. Regardless of whether you need a simple exam or a whole smile restoration, sedation dentistry makes it possible for even the most fearful patients to obtain the care they need.
Schedule an appointment at Braselton Smile Studio to determine if IV sedation, or another form of sedation, could help you get the care you need. Call the office or request a visit using the convenient online scheduling tool.