I have a lot of anxiety about going to the dentist. What are my options for sedation/relaxation during the procedure?
You are not alone. It is estimated that about 15% of the population avoid dental care completely due to acute anxiety, and as much as 50% of the population admit to some level of fear and apprehension when it comes to dental treatment. Our office offers all levels of sedation and the latest technology for profound anesthesia to ensure your treatment is painless and comfortable. Today, IV sedation allows a way to provide dental treatment for these people. To the best of our knowledge, we are the only endodontic practice in the region that offers I.V. sedation in-house, which is makes it more convenient and affordable to you, the patient. During IV sedation, drugs are delivered intravenously to put you in a very relaxed state of mind. You are not quite fully asleep but are in a much safer and more comfortable semi-awake state of tranquil relaxation. You will likely have little or no memory of the dental procedure performed because of the amnestic effects of the medications used to provide the sedation.
In patients with lower levels of anxiety, a lesser form of sedation we also offer is oral sedation in combination with nitrous gas. Medication is taken orally 1 hour before the procedure for a calming effect. Whether you request oral or IV sedation, Georgia law requires that you first see Dr. Raymond for a consultation to determine which level of sedation best suits your needs and that a driver escort you to and from the office on the day of treatment.