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Sedation Dentistry in Atlanta

Stay Safe & Comfortable

With sedation dentistry in Atlanta from Goldstein Garber & Salama, our doctors can make sure you’re always safe and comfortable while you get the treatment you need at our office. To find out which sedation option may suit you, schedule an appointment today!

The Benefits of Sedation Dentistry

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The biggest benefit of sedation dentistry is that it helps patients who have dental anxiety get the care they need. If you’re nervous about an upcoming dental appointment, your doctor at Goldstein Garber & Salama can recommend the right sedation method for you, and ensure you feel totally safe and comfortable while you get the dental care you need.

In addition, sedation dentistry helps reduce the likelihood of experiencing pain when combined with numbing. It also can help with other issues like fear of numbing needles, or an overly-strong gag reflex. Sedation can also be very useful for longer appointments, since it’s easier to remain still and feel comfortable for 1-2 hours or longer when you’re sedated.

Types of Sedation We Offer

Laughing Gas Sedation

With this method of sedation, a nose mask is used to pump a mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen into your lungs. It makes you feel a bit “floaty” and disconnected from what’s happening around you, and also suppresses pain and feelings of anxiety. The sedative effects of nitrous oxide are much more minimal than other methods, so it’s a good option if you would prefer to avoid heavy sedation.

Oral Conscious/IV Sedation

Oral conscious sedation and IV sedation use the same sedative drugs. In oral conscious sedation, you’ll take a sedative pill an hour or two before your appointment. IV sedation uses a needle that’s placed directly into a vein to deliver sedation. In both methods of sedation, you will feel very groggy and may fall asleep, but you will remain conscious. You can be woken up and can respond to commands.

General Anesthesia

General anesthesia is the deepest level of sedation, and is usually used only for major oral surgeries. You will be completely unconscious and will require the use of a ventilator to breathe properly.

A patient being sedated as the dentist works on her

Are There Any Side Effects?

Side Effects of Laughing Gas Sedation

Laughing gas has very minor side effects. The sedation wears off within about 5 minutes after you stop breathing the gas. You may feel a bit confused or dizzy, or have a headache or feel slightly nauseous. However, these effects wear off quickly. You can drive yourself home or back to work after treatment, and resume your day-to-day routine.

Side Effects of Oral Conscious/IV Sedation

Compared to laughing gas, oral conscious and IV sedation have more intense side effects that usually last 4-6 hours. Your ability to operate a car will be impaired, for example, so you’ll need to have someone drive you to and from our office. You may also feel nauseated, dizzy, sluggish, and have slow reflexes. It’s also common to not remember your procedure.

Side Effects of General Anesthesia

You will typically start to experience side effects of general anesthesia as soon as you come out of your unconscious state and wake up. Since this is the deepest level of sedation, it also typically has more side effects than other methods.

However, general anesthesia is still completely safe when administered by a professional, and these side effects should lessen and disappear quickly. Patients may experience side effects including confusion, dizziness, nausea and vomiting, dry mouth, a sore throat, chills and shivering, muscle aches, and bladder problems.