We Specialize in taking Anxiety out of Dentistry So You Can Face Dental Appointments WITHOUT Fear
Our Award Winning Buford Dentist challenges herself in helping fearful patients who may be avoiding dental care due to dental phobia or bad experiences in the past. Over the years, she has helped many fearful patients get the necessary dental care that was being avoided due to dental anxiety. These very same patients have given her raving reviews and have referred many friends and family members to our Buford Practice.
What is Dental Sedation?
Sedation Dentistry is the use of medication to help fearful patients relax during dental procedures. It is also referred to as “sleep dentistry”, but that’s not entirely accurate because most patients are usually awake. Only the patients that are under general anesthesia are completely unconscious. Our Buford Dentist, like most general dentists, does not administer general anesthesia. Based on the severity of the patient’s fear, we provide minimal to moderate level of sedation at our Buford Dental Office where the patient is usually awake but relaxed.
Types of Sedation used at our Buford Dental Office
In addition to local anesthetic, following sedation techniques may be used by our Buford Dentist to help fearful patients relax:
- Nitrous Oxide (better known as laughing gas) – A type of minimal sedation which is inhaled through a mask that’s placed over your nose. The dentist controls the amount of sedation you receive, and the gas tends to wear off quickly. This is the only form of sedation where you may be able to drive yourself home after the procedure.
- Oral sedation. Typically a Valium or Halcion pill usually taken about an hour before the procedure. The pill will make you drowsy, although you’ll still be awake. To produce moderate sedation, a larger dose may be given. Some people actually fall asleep from moderate oral sedation, but they usually can be awakened with a gentle shake.