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Sedation Dentistry

Enjoy Anxiety-Free Dentistry

Relaxing woman with hands behind headWe understand that some people feel anxious about dental visits, so our team will do whatever we can to ensure your comfort. Dr. Pate will review the suggested treatment plan and answer your questions to alleviate any lingering apprehension you might have. By listening to your concerns and developing strong patient relationships, we have helped many people overcome their fear of dentistry and achieve their smile goals. Our comfort measures include TVs in the treatment rooms, headphones, pillows, and blankets.

For patients who feel particularly nervous at the dentist, we may recommend sedation dentistry. Depending on your goals, concerns, and medical history, Dr. Pate will suggest the right method of sedation for you. Our sedation dentistry options include:

Nitrous Oxide

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Also known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide is a colorless, odorless gas that encourages relaxation. The effects of nitrous oxide subside immediately, so you will be able to drive yourself home if this is the only sedation you receive.

Oral Conscious Sedation

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With oral conscious sedation, Dr. Pate will prescribe anti-anxiety medication that banishes fears and induces reduced awareness. You’ll take the medication as prescribed by Dr. Pate. Once you're comfortable, we will begin turning back the clock on your smile. We'll monitor your vital signs throughout the procedure, and you will remain conscious the entire time.

After using oral conscious sedation, you will wake up refreshed with little or no memory of the actual dental procedure. A friend or family member will need to take you home after your visit. Because of your relaxed state, Dr. Pate can successfully perform extensive repair work in as little as one or two visits.

If you believe sedation dentistry could help improve your dental experience, please contact us today and let us know.

Sedation Dentistry – FAQs

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If you’re ready to enjoy anxiety-free dentistry, then Dr. Pate, our sedation dentist in Buckhead, is here to help! If you have specific questions on your mind you’d like answered before moving forward, don’t hesitate to contact our office so our knowledgeable team can provide you with immediate assistance. On the other hand, if you’d like to do a bit more research before giving us a call, we’ve listed a few frequently asked questions (and their answers!) below.

Who Should Consider Sedation Dentistry?

Although sedation dentistry is most commonly known for its ability to help even the most nervous patients enjoy a stress-free experience, its calming effects are also beneficial for:

  • Patients who have a sensitive gag reflex
  • Those who are triggered by the noise of dental tools
  • Patients who struggle with neck, back, or jaw pain while in the treatment chair

What Are the Benefits of Sedation Dentistry?

Both nitrous oxide and oral conscious sedation are powerful, anxiety-relieving options that allow patients to enter a deep state of relaxation during their appointment. The comfortable, pain-free environment allows our team to:

  • Complete more dental work in a single visit
  • Help patients who struggle with dental-related anxiety get the dental care they need
  • Work faster due to better compliance from those in the treatment chair
  • Create a positive dental experience that helps prevent future anxiety

Is Sedation Dentistry Safe?

Decades of clinical research has found there is very low risk associated with sedation dentistry if it is administered by an experienced dental professional. Fortunately, Dr. Pate has over three full decades of experience in the field of dentistry. Plus, he is a graduate of the world-renowned L.D. Pankey Institute and is an active member of multiple notable organizations, including the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation. Not only will he check your medical history beforehand, but he will constantly monitor your vitals throughout your appointment as well. That way, you can safely get the dental work you need in an anxiety-free environment.

Is Sedation Dentistry Covered by Insurance?

Since sedation dentistry is usually considered a “luxury” expense, it isn’t typically covered by dental insurance providers. However, there are a few cases where it may be considered necessary, such as:

  • If a medical condition or disability makes it impossible to receive proper care without sedation
  • Cases where the use of sedation actually lowers the cost of the overall dental treatment
  • For major oral surgery or multiple tooth extractions, which are exceptionally complex

Therefore, it is always a good idea to read the fine print on your dental plan to double-check whether it’s covered or not.