Sedation Dentistry
Atlanta Dental Spa Is The Best Choice For Sedation Dentistry

Dental Anxiety
Did you know that nearly half of the adult population in the US has true dental fear or dental phobia? Most commonly the result of very bad past experience(s), dental phobia ranks in the top 3 phobias in adults. Other contributing factors to dental anxieties are feelings of loss of control, embarrassment, needles, the drill and dental smells. The Atlanta Dental Spa team understands these fears and anxieties which is why we created our practices in a way that gets rid of many of these “old school” practices. When you walk through our doors, you will not even feel like you’re at the dentist. Dental anxiety is an all-too real problem for many and our aim is to make your visit as comfortable and stress-free as possible. We have a full range of sedation options, including oral pills, IV sedation, and nitrous oxide. You're sure to find a solution that works best for your needs. Following are details on the various types of sedation dentistry offered at Atlanta Dental Spa.

Oral Sedation

Oral sedation dentistry comprises a tiny pill, which is safe and will allow you to undergo multiple procedures at once, and you won’t even know you went to the dentist! This tiny pill calms all nerves and takes you into a twilight sedated state. While you’re sedated, our team of dentists performs your procedures. When you “wake up” you’re back home and comfortable. It’s that simple!  

IV Sedation (conscious or twilight sedation)

Conscious sedation is a safe, controlled and reversible option for the reduction of anxiety, memory and time perception during a procedure. It can be administered orally or intravenously and produces a shallow state of sedation which allows the patient to maintain control of safety reflexive functions and cognitive response. This method was originally intended for use by cardiac patients with a history of heart disease in order to provide the most secure possible treatment for at-risk patients. At Atlanta Dental Spa, each of our patients receive the most safe and gentle sedation treatment options available.
Managing Dental Anxiety with IV Sedation

How Sedation Dentistry Works


A lot of people think IV sedation may not be safe for them. Dental anxiety is actually why IV sedation was introduced into dentistry. Being scared, nervous, and having extra anxiety can trigger cardiac events. When you're under IV sedation you're very calm, mild manner, nothing is upsetting, and your anxiety level is so low that your procedure can be done in a much safer health environment. Also if you have a high blood pressure episode, we have direct access to give you medications to keep you in a very safe, controlled level. That can’t be done if you aren't on an IV. But IV sedation isn't just for folks who have medical conditions.  Pure anxiety is reason enough. The first thing we'll do is meet you and find out about you, understand what you’re scared about, and what your medical history is. This will allow us to treat you safely and predictably, and understand what it is that we need to do and how we can maximize your dental appointment. We'll determine if IV sedation is a good option for you when you come in for your consultation. During the procedure we'll give you a combination of medications that minimize how much you remember. Your 2-hour appointment may only seem like it takes 20 minutes! We will make you totally comfortable, and we will minimize swelling and discomfort post-procedure.

Dental Anxiety Management

Atlanta Dental Spa provides safe and simple solutions to your dental anxiety. We take our patients through a consultation that covers medical history, anxiety history and a discussion of  concerns and fears. We manage anxiety using three methods including conscious sedation, pre-op preparation and nitrous oxide. To encourage relaxation and provide a comfortable, relaxing environment, we provide noise-cancelling headphones, shaded eyewear and HD TVs.

Pre-Op

This method involves a preparatory, night-before option that promotes optimal sleep quality leading up to the procedure, which is crucial for a successful operation.

Nitrous Oxide

Also commonly referred to as laughing gas, this method is ideal for those requiring quick recovery following a procedure. Nitrous oxide can be administered and quickly flushed out by oxygen within minutes. Following a nitrous oxide treatment, the patient will leave Atlanta Dental Spa as alert and bright-eyed as upon arrival.

How do I begin?

Taking that first step may be an overwhelming barrier. We want to eliminate your fears and remove any barriers, so to begin simply give us a call! We will discuss your wants and needs, and create an customized treatment plan to reach your goals. We can also discuss how sedation dentistry works and find out if it is an ideal option for you. Sedation dentistry is like a magic wand you can wave, and instantly your mouth gets healthy without you even knowing you had work done. Atlanta Dental Spa has the magic wand!