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Do You Experience Dental Anxiety? Sedation Dentistry Can Help Marietta, GA
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Many individuals continue to avoid dentists like the plague, despite numerous advancements in digital techniques, methods and tools. As a result, dentists have devoted ample time to patient education to help calm patients’ fears concerning treatment. Along with individualized patient care is sedation dentistry, which utilizes varying levels of medication to help patients relax in the dental chair. Therefore, if you experience dental anxiety, sedation dentistry can help.

Often called “sleep dentistry,” sedation dentistry is determined based on a patient’s treatment and the severity of their fear. WebMD breaks down the levels of sedation dentistry:

  • Minimal Sedation – the patient is awake, but relaxed
  • Moderate Sedation (“conscious sedation”) – the patient may slur his or her words when speaking, and may not recall much of the procedure or treatment
  • Deep Sedation – the patient is on the edge of consciousness, but can be awakened easily
  • General Anesthesia – the patient is fully unconscious

Perhaps you’ve heard of “laughing gas.” This minimal form of sedation dentistry combines oxygen with nitrous oxide, and is administered through a mask placed over a patient’s nose. The patient is completely aware of the procedure as it takes place, but they are relaxed and calm. The effects of the gas wear off quickly, and patients are able to drive themselves home.

With the ability to provide both minimal and/or moderate sedation, some patients are given a pill to take prior to their treatment. Typically, the pill is Halcion, which produces effects similar to that of Valium. To obtain a moderate level of sedation, patients are simply given a higher dosage.

Other options for sedation dentistry include IV sedation where a dental professional continually monitors and adjusts sedation levels for longer or more invasive procedures and deep sedation using anesthesia.

At Pure Smiles Dentistry, we want you to keep calm and smile. That’s why we offer safe and effective options for sedation dentistry to help you feel comfortable during your visit. To schedule an appointment, call Pure Smiles Dentistry in Marietta today!

Posted on behalf of Pure Smiles Marietta

2655 Dallas Hwy #510
Marietta, GA 30064

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  • Kim P.

    Dr Patel answered my call for practically in the middle of the night. He came and had no other appointments for the day! Just to help me. The facility was immaculate and him and his hygienist were so helpful. I wish I remembered her name. It had been a while since I had been to the dentist and they never made me feel judged. Great team of people. If you are looking for a dentist give Dr. P and his team a try you won't be disappointed! See u in 2 weeks Dr. P.!i

  • Lisa O.

    Hands down the best dentist I have found. I took all three of my kids and myself. This is a welcoming, child-friendly team. It is readily apparent how well this team works together to make every patient, no matter what age, feel comfortable. I appreciate these people so much. Thank you for being such an outstanding dentist team, Pure Smiles!

  • Carmelita Ch.-H.

    Doctor/Staff is very friendly, knowledgeable and professional. Always make sure you feel comfortable. Pam is an excellent Hygienist. Office space is always clean and tidy. I would recommend this office as we have been going there for the past 12 years.

  • Hudson H.

    I usually HATE the dentist! I saw all these good reviews and was a bit skeptical, but after visiting this office I now know they’re all legit. Pure Smiles made me feel comfortable and was very considerate to me. I normally leave the dentist angry, this time however I was so pleased! Everyone was empathetic and went over and beyond to help me. Everything from scheduling to payment options, they cared. I actually want to floss now.

  • Michelle P.

    I only have positive things to say about Dr.Patel and the staff at Pure Smiles in Marietta. I was in bad shape with a wisdom tooth that needed to be removed. I was seen the same morning that I called, and everything was finished in under an hour. I received a check-up call that afternoon, which I felt was very thoughtful. I went back for an overall exam the following week, and I left their office feeling great about my future dental health. Do not hesitate to call Pure Smiles. The staff is kind, efficient, and up-to-date on dental advances.

  • Kashni S.

    Everyone from the front desk to our Dentist was wonderful. Dr. Sanil Patel was truly impeccable - everything was clean. He offers various services to meet all your cosmetic and medical dental needs in one place!! Check it out for yourself.

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2655 Dallas Hwy #510
Marietta, GA 30064

Mon - Wed: 7AM – 7PM
Thu, Fri: 7AM – 4PM
Sat: 8AM – 3PM, twice a month