Research estimates that somewhere between 9% to 15% of Americans avoid receiving dental treatment from their dentist out of fear. These individuals would prefer to endure painful, infected, discolored, and damaged teeth then to set foot in a dental office. Or, if they do agree to make an appointment, all week they dread attending. (Don’t worry, we don’t take it personally.)
Sedation dentistry employs medication to provide a more relaxing experience for those patients who might not receive necessary dental care because of anxiety or phobias. Sometimes referred to as “relaxation” or “anxiety-free” dentistry, it is now offered by thousands of dentists, including Marietta GA dentist Dr. Michael Mulkey of Lost Mountain Dental at Due West.
Is Sedation Dentistry Right For You?
Sedation dentistry might be right for you if you avoid dental visits due to anxiety. Often times, that anxiety can be attributed to:
- Negative past experiences
- Fear of pain or gagging/choking
- Extreme discomfort with the sounds and smells of dental office
- Not wanting to feel numb or trouble getting numb
- The feeling of losing control
- Sensitive teeth
- Chronic soreness of jaw
Sedation dentistry may also be appropriate for people who:
- Aren’t able to sit still in a dentist chair
- Need a large amount of dental work completed
- Have a low pain threshold
Administered in pill form, oral conscious sedation allows patients to be in control of all body functions while feeling completely relaxed during treatment. Dr. Mulkey will discuss your medical history and what to expect with the use of oral sedation prior to your treatment. The majority of patients will have no memory of their procedure afterwards, but will need to arrange for transportation home as it can take some time to wear off completely..
Sedation Dentistry with Dr. Mulkey
We strive to make sure all of our patients feel comfortable at Lost Mountain Dental in Marietta GA. Our relaxing atmosphere combined with our professional and friendly staff, have helped hundreds of patients feel more comfortable at the dentist. We make every effort to help you feel comfortable, from pillows and warm blankets to headphones for listening to your choice of music or tv show. But if you’re still not convinced, sedation dentistry might be for you!
Contact our office online or call us at (678) 212-1280 for more details and to schedule your appointment.