Sedation Dentistry

Savannah Dental

Cosmetic Dentistry & General Dentistry located in Savannah, GA

Does the idea of going to the dentist have you running for the hills? If so, reach out to Savannah Dental, located in Savannah, Georgia, to find out if sedation dentistry is right for you. Savannah Dental offers all types of sedation dentistry, guided by an on-site anesthesiologist, to help relax you and put your mind at ease during any dental procedure. Don’t let dental anxiety or phobia stop you from getting the oral care you need. To learn more about sedation dentistry and how it may help you, contact Savannah Dental online or over the phone today.

Sedation Dentistry Q & A

What is sedation dentistry?

Sedation dentistry is a service that Savannah Dental offers to patients who need dental work, but struggle with dental anxiety or dental phobia. 

Sedation dentistry uses various types of sedation medications, overseen by an anesthesiologist, to help put you at ease during your visit. With sedation dentistry, you can get the dental care you need without the burden of anxiety.

What is dental phobia?

Dental phobia is a fear of the dentist and dental procedures that goes beyond the nervousness that many people feel before visiting the dentist. Dental phobia is characterized by symptoms like:

  • Increased agitation as you sit in the waiting area
  • Trouble sleeping the night before your visit
  • Feeling queasy or sick at the thought of going to the dentist
  • Anything dental-related making you want to cry
  • Feelings of panic when a dental tool is placed in your mouth

If any of this resonates with you, you likely have a dental phobia. 

How does sedation dentistry work?

The team at Savannah Dental partners with a local anesthesiologist to provide patients with a full range of sedation dentistry options. These options range from those that simply relax you, to those that may help you enjoy a light sleep while your team works.

These options include:

Nitrous oxide

Commonly known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide is a sedation medication that you inhale through a mask. As you inhale, you gradually become more and more relaxed, until you are very much at ease. Nitrous oxide is extremely safe.

Oral-conscious sedation

The next type of sedation is called oral-conscious sedation. Oral-conscious sedation ushers you into an extreme state of relaxation. 

Oral-conscious sedation, which the practice administers via prescription medication just before your treatment, may make you so relaxed that you doze off during your visit. This type of sedation works so well that Savannah Dental can perform multiple dental procedures in one sitting.

IV sedation

If you’re feeling extremely anxious about your upcoming dental procedure, the practice may offer you IV sedation. Monitored by an anesthesiologist, IV sedation typically causes such an intense state of relaxation that you’re not fully aware during your dental procedure. You may also fall asleep after IV sedation. 

It’s important to note that, if you plan on receiving IV sedation, you need to arrange to have someone drive you home. After your procedure, you’ll be extremely groggy and out of it for a while.

If you suffer from dental anxiety or dental phobia, take charge of your oral health and find out if sedation dentistry is right for you. To learn more, contact Savannah Dental online or over the phone today.