Avoiding the dentist because you are afraid? If so, you are not alone. A surprisingly high percentage of adults report that they do not go to the dentist because they are afraid. While there are a number of ways to move beyond these fears including finding a dentist who makes you feel comfortable, sedation dentistry can help.


What Is Sedation Dentistry in Suwanee?

In general, sedation dentistry is dentistry that is performed while you are sedated. Depending on your unique needs and the type of work being done, this can take a number of different forms. To determine which approach is right for you, we usually talk about the options during your consultation appointment.

In some cases, sedation dentistry involves picking up a prescription medication from the pharmacy and taking it prior to your appointment. Then, the medication kicks in just as the work is supposed to start. Depending on the type of medication, you may be conscious for the procedure, but you will feel very relaxed and will not remember it afterward.

In other cases, the dentist may give you general anesthesia. That is usually administered through an IV, and as the anesthesia takes effect, you don’t feel anything. With both options, you usually need someone to drive you home from your appointment.

Who Needs Sedation Dentistry?

A variety of people can benefit from this gentle approach to dentistry. If you have ever stayed away from the dentist or skipped having necessary work done because of fears, you may want to consider it. If you are very intolerant to pain, this approach can also help.

Generally, when you have dental work done, you don’t feel the work thanks to the local anesthesia, but the noises of the drills and other tools can be unnerving to many patients. If that makes you uncomfortable and distractions such as listening to headphones don’t work, that’s another sign that you should consider sedation.

It also depends on the type of work you are having done. If you’re just getting a teeth cleaning, it may not be necessary. However, if you are having extensive restoration work done, getting wisdom teeth pulled, or having several cavities filled at once, you may want the extra relaxation offered by sedation dentistry.


What Happens With Sedation Dentistry?

In order to offer sedation dentistry, dentists generally need special training, and at the Suwanee Center for Family Dentistry, our specialists have the training and experience required. All you have to do is relax and let the process happen. You’re always in good hands at our office.

Can Kids Get Sedation Dentistry?

We specialize in treating the whole family, and whether you’re one or 101, we want to make sure that you’re comfortable. If necessary, we can offer sedation dentistry techniques to children. Again, as described above, that can involve prescription medications or IV’s, but in some cases, kids are perfectly comfortable just with local anesthesia and nitrous oxide or laughing gas.


If you or your child has had bad experiences at another dentist, we want to show you that dentistry doesn’t have to be scary. As part of that process, we offer a comfortable, fun environment, but we also pair that with customized pain management techniques including sedation. Contact us for an appointment today.