Avoiding the dentist because of dental anxiety is easily addressed today with wide range of sedation options available. Foregoing routine dental care, especially for long periods of time, often results in the development of complex dental problems that can have a detrimental affect on daily quality of life. Damaged teeth, gum disease, and lost teeth can impact diet, speech and overall health!
At Vassey Dental Partners in Peachtree City, our dentists emphasize the tremendous benefits of routine dental care in preventing problems such as these and helping patients maintain a healthy, functioning smile from year to year. The staff of Vassey Dental Partners understands the struggles patients with dental anxiety face when visiting the dentist office and offers several sedation dentistry options to ensure their comfort during treatments. Vassey Dental Partners is one of few Atlanta dentists with staff who are trained and certified to administer IV sedation therapy.
IV sedation is a form of conscious sedation where patients are “awake” but typically have no memory of their procedure once it is over. During IV sedation, patients are monitored to ensure their safety. Prior to administering IV sedation, Dr. Konwick or an associate will discuss your medical history to ensure you are a candidate for this type of sedation.
Vassey Dental Partners also offers nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, as an alternative for patients needing or desiring sedation. An inhalation sedation, nitrous has several benefits for patients choosing to be sedated:
- The depth of sedation can be altered at any time to increase or decrease sedation.
- There is no after effect such as a “hangover”
- Considered safe with no side effects on your heart or lungs
- It is very effective in minimizing gagging
- It works rapidly, reaching the brain within 20 seconds and relaxing patients within 2-3 minutes.
As with IV sedation, your dentist will discuss your medical history to ensure that your a candidate for nitrous oxide to prevent any possible complications.
Sedation dentistry is an important facet of modern dentistry, enabling patients with severe dental anxiety to maintain their oral health as part of an overall healthy lifestyle. If you have been away from the dentist, come in for a visit with Vassey Dental Partners and discuss your options for sedation to ensure your comfort during a dental procedure.