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By Augusta Smilecare
December 01, 2016
Category: Oral Health

If thoughts of the dentist leave you dead in your tracks find out how sedation dentistry can help.

While some people really don’t mind their six-month visit to see our Augusta, GA dentist, Dr. John Massey, there are others who are so dental anxietyfearful of the dentist and any dental procedures that they put off necessary care and treatments. Don’t let this be you! By not getting dental care that your smile needs, you could end up suffering from tooth loss, gum disease and other issues. Find out how sedation dentistry can make your next trip to the dentist so much easier.

We understand that everyone responds differently to the dentist. You may only experience mild anxiety or you may find calling our Augusta general dentist makes you break out in a sweat. Fortunately, we cater to all different severities of anxiety.

Mild Dental Anxieties

If you have only mild dental anxiety then you probably feel just fine sitting in the dental chair without feeling too nervous. Of course, the idea of a dental procedure could have you on edge. If this sounds like you then ask us whether nitrous oxide could help you.

Better known as “laughing gas,” nitrous oxide is administered through a mask that is placed over your nose. Within a couple of minutes you will start to feel calm and relaxed in our Augusta, GA, office. Once the procedure is over, we will turn off the gas. The effects from the nitrous oxide will only last a couple of minutes, which means you don’t have to worry about having someone pick you up or drive you home.

Moderate Dental Anxieties

Those with moderate levels of anxiety surrounding the dentist may find it simple enough to pick up the phone and give us a call but may find it more difficult to actually set foot in our office. If this sounds more like your anxiety level, then we may prescribe an oral medication to take prior to your visit. This medication (typically an anti-anxiety pill) is often taken in our office about a half hour before your procedure to help keep you relaxed. You may feel groggy during your treatment and some patients may even nod off. Patients who receive prescription medication to treat their anxieties will need to have someone else drive them home.

Augusta SmileCare in Augusta, GA is dedicated to making your dental experience easy, pain-free and even stress-free. Give us a call and let us know if you are interested in finding out whether sedation dentistry is right for you. Make your upcoming dental appointment a breeze!

By Augusta Smilecare
November 26, 2015
Category: Oral Health
LamarOdomReboundsFromDentalAnxiety

Professional basketball player Lamar Odom is sometimes known as “the candyman” because of his notorious fondness for sweets. But when his sweet tooth finally caught up with him — in the form of a mouthful of decayed teeth — the six-foot-ten-inch, 230-pound hoops star admitted that he had been avoiding treatment… because he was afraid of going to the dentist!

It took two Kardashians (Khloe and Kim) and a painful toothache to finally persuade Odom to sit in the chair. Once he did, it was found that he needed a root canal, a wisdom tooth extraction, and several fillings. Yet the fretful forward sailed through the whole set of procedures in a single visit, and walked out with a big smile afterward. How did his dentists make that happen?

Put it down to the “magic” of sedation dentistry. With anxiety-relieving medications that can be delivered orally (in pill form or by gas) or intravenously (into the bloodstream), the techniques of sedation dentistry can help even the most fearful patients get the dental care they need. That’s good news for about 50 percent of the population, who admit they’re at least somewhat afraid of the dentist — and even better for the 15 percent who avoid dental care completely due to their fear.

Dentists have a number of ways to ease apprehensive patients through a dental visit. An oral anti-anxiety drug can be given in pill form about an hour beforehand. Nitrous oxide (sometimes called “laughing gas”), which is administered by a mask placed over the mouth or nose, may also be used to relieve anxiety. The calming effects of these medications help make any nervousness melt away — and in many circumstances, mild sedation is all that’s needed to ease the fear.

For lengthier or more complex procedures, intravenous (IV) sedation may be recommended. Unlike deeper (unconscious) sedation, IV sedation doesn’t cause “sleep.” Instead, it puts you in a comfortable semi-awake state, where you can still breathe on your own and respond to stimuli… but without feeling any anxiety. And when the procedure is over, you probably won’t have any memory of it at all.

IV sedation can be administered by dentists who are specially trained and equipped with the proper safety equipment. While sedation is being provided, you will be monitored at all times by a dedicated staff member; when it’s over, you will rest for a while as the medication quickly wears off. Then (as is the case with oral sedation), you’ll need another person to give you a ride home.

Does sedation dentistry really work? Lamar Odom thinks so. “I feel so much better,” he said when his 7-hour procedure was over. “I feel like I accomplished something.”

If you would like more information about sedation dentistry, please contact us or schedule an appointment. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Oral Sedation Dentistry.”



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