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Oral Sedation – Athens, GA

Taking the Fear Out of Dental Care

As a certified sedation dentist in Athens, GA, Dr. Patrick offers peace of mind and body for his patients. If you avoid dental appointments because of stress and anxiety, you aren't alone. Dental phobia is a real and acknowledged condition. In fact, it’s estimated that as many as 1 out of every 5 adults in the United States has avoided getting the dental care they need out of fear or anxiety. Rest assured that with oral sedation, Dr. Patrick can help you relax enough in the dental chair to receive the treatments you need to keep your smile healthy and happy.

What Is Oral Sedation?

woman giving thumbs up in dental chair after receiving oral sedation in Athens

Oral sedation is a method of sedation dentistry that is designed to help patients alleviate their dental anxieties and soothe them enough that they can undergo the procedures their oral health needs. While other methods of sedation render you completely unconscious, oral sedation will keep you awake enough to respond to our requests during the procedure. However, it may feel like you fell asleep because it has an amnesiac effect. Once your appointment is over, chances are you won’t remember much or any of it at all!

What Can I Expect If I Undergo Oral Sedation?

woman in white shirt taking a pill with a glass of water

If you and Dr. Patrick decide that you’re a good candidate for oral sedation, you’ll be prescribed a potent anti-anxiety pill to take about an hour before your procedure is set to begin. Since the medication is a sedative and you’ll begin to feel its effects fairly quickly, you’ll need someone to drive you to and from our office. Once you arrive, our team will start closely monitoring your vital signs to ensure your safety throughout your procedure. When your appointment is over, we’ll instruct your ride to keep an eye on you for the rest of the day, since the sedative often lasts for several hours. You should plan on spending the remainder of the day relaxing at home and not resuming work or school until the following day.

Is Oral Sedation Right for Me?

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Oral sedation is a wonderful way for many patients to finally receive the dental care they need without any of the stress. It may be right for you if you:

  • Get anxious at even the idea of calling the dentist to book an appointment
  • Fear the sights, sounds, and smells of the dental office
  • Have trouble getting numb with local anesthetic alone
  • Had bad experiences with dentists when you were younger
  • Have sensitive teeth or gums
  • Have an overactive gag reflex
  • Are afraid of needles
  • Need extensive dental work completed in one sitting
  • Have trouble sitting still for extended periods of time
  • Have difficulty keeping your jaw open long enough to undergo dental treatment

Call Dr. Patrick, your dentist in Athens, GA, to schedule your oral sedation consultation. We will be happy to answer your questions and provide the comfortable dental care you need for a healthy smile.