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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
July 21, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
TakingtheDreadOutofDentalVisits

We always look forward to seeing our patients, but not all of you look forward to seeing us! If you’re one of them, don’t worry — we don’t take it personally. Dental anxiety prevents many people from seeking the care they require to restore or maintain a healthy smile.

But if dental problems are allowed to progress, they can affect not only the beauty of your smile and health of your mouth, but your overall wellness, too. Infection can travel from the mouth to other areas of the body, and dental disease exacerbates chronic health conditions like heart disease or diabetes.

Overcoming Apprehension

Fear should never be an obstacle (in the immortal words of President Franklin Roosevelt, “…the only thing we have to fear is fear itself…”). And fortunately there are some safe options for those of us who can’t get past our anxiety when it comes to dental care:

Oral Sedation. A sedative medication can be prescribed that you take by mouth approximately an hour before your dental visit to minimize anxiety and promote relaxation.

Intravenous (IV; “intra” – inside, “venous” – vein) Sedation. If oral sedation isn’t entirely effective in facilitating treatment, then a medication combining a sedative for relaxation and a pain-blocking anesthetic can be delivered through or small needle or catheter that is gently inserted into a vein. This is referred to as “conscious sedation” because you are in a semi-awake state during which you are able to respond to verbal direction. It takes effect quickly, and you can come out of it quickly. However, you may not remember much about your procedure. It is very different from general anesthesia during which you are completely unconscious.

Safety First

Dentists who offer IV sedation receive extensive training after which we must pass an exam and apply for a special permit that we maintain through continuing education. We carefully screen patients for eligibility and monitor you throughout so you can rest easy before, during, and after your procedure.

If you would like more information about sedation in dental care, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about the subject by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Oral Sedation Dentistry.”

By Augusta Smilecare
May 27, 2014
Category: Oral Health
WhatisPediatricConsciousSedation

In dentistry (as well as other branches of medicine) pediatric conscious sedation is becoming more widespread than ever — but some people aren’t yet familiar with this beneficial therapy. Conscious sedation can remove anxiety and produce a feeling of calm and relaxation during dental treatment; however, unlike general anesthesia, it doesn’t cause the loss of consciousness. That means patients can still breathe normally and can respond to certain stimuli, while feelings of pain and anxiety are blocked.

Conscious sedation is often employed for invasive procedures such as tooth extractions or root canals — which cause some people a great deal of apprehension, no matter what their age. It can be especially useful for children, however, who may have a more limited ability to understand (and cooperate with) their dental treatment. Because the medications are commonly administered orally (by mouth), there’s no needle to provoke fear. And when it’s over, there is usually little or no memory of the procedure that was done.

Pediatric conscious sedation is typically administered in an office setting by a dentist with special qualifications. The American Dental Association, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, and the American Academy of Pediatrics have jointly established criteria for its use. Specialized training and continuing education are part of the qualification process; additionally, the dental office must be equipped with advanced life-support equipment and trained staff, who can help in the unlikely case of an emergency.

While your child is receiving conscious sedation, he or she will be monitored by a designated staff member who keeps a close watch on vital signs like blood pressure, oxygen levels, pulse rate and respiration. This helps to ensure that the level of sedation remains safe, yet effective. When the procedure is over, the medications wear off quickly; however, children will certainly need a ride home, and shouldn’t return to school until the next day.

As new medications are developed, more dentists receive special training, and the cost of associated equipment becomes more reasonable, the practice of pediatric conscious sedation is becoming more widespread. For many kids, it could mean the difference between having fearful childhood memories of the dental office that linger on through life — and remembering almost nothing at all.

If your child has dental anxiety or requires invasive procedures, pediatric conscious sedation may be a good option for you to consider. For more information, call our office to arrange a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine article “Sedation Dentistry for Kids.”



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