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Should I Ask My Dentist about Sedation?

August 23, 2021
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Posted By: Royal Lakes Family and Cosmetic Dentistry
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There are several types of dental sedation options, some of which require special accreditations or degrees for dentists to be allowed to administer them. Deep sedation and general anesthesia are generally only used for procedures that require them.

If you are someone who squirms at the thought of being under the drill, is sensitive to pain, or has trouble sitting still, light sedation, either in the form of gas or a pill, is still a viable option. General anesthesia is an option for those who don't think they could visit the dentist any other way. Have a discussion with your local sedation dentist in Flowery Branch, GA at Royal Lakes Family and Cosmetic Dentistry.

What Is Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry is for people who have anxiety at the dentist's office. While it is not deep sedation, the use of light sedation helps to calm the patient. Used in combination with a local anesthetic if necessary for your procedure, it can make the experience of going to the dentist more pleasant experience than you might imagine.

Who Is Sedation Suitable for?

Speak with your dentist in Flowery Branch about your sedation options and if it is a good fit for you. There are many reasons you might want light sedation for your next dentist appointment, including: 

  • People who cannot sit still in the dentist chair
  • Helping to calm anxiety and dull the senses
  • Reducing the gag reflex some patients experience during an appointment 
  • Treating anxiety about visiting the dentist
  • Those with sensitive teeth or a low pain threshold 

Risks Associated with Sedation

There are health risks associated with sedation, especially if you have specific medical issues. After reviewing your medical history and speaking with you about your concerns, your dentist can determine if sedation is not for you. Some medical issues that might prevent you from using light sedation include sleep apnea and obesity. 

Light sedation comes with a few side effects, but you cannot drive following the procedure, so you will need a ride home from your appointment. However, patients on light sedation typically experience some side effects:

  • Nausea
  • Light sensitivity 
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness 
  • Headaches
  • Sluggish reflexes and foggy thoughts

Contact Our Dentist Office in Flowery Branch to Learn More!

Contact Royal Lakes Family & Cosmetic Dentistry at (770) 531-3232 to schedule a dental appointment and find out more about sedation dentistry in Flowery Branch. 

Our dental office address is 4005 Winder Hwy, Suite 110 in Flowery Branch, GA. We are located near the Royal Lakes Golf and Country Club. 

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