Georgia Reconstructive Dentistry

Atlanta Sedation Dentist

Yes.... hard to believe... but dentistry can be and definitely is easy for a select group of patients.

For the lucky few who have never had a bad experience with a treatment, regardless of it's complexity (skill of the dentist to "anticipate" comfort experience), they have no difficulties in seeing their dentist when needed and when recommended. As a result... these folks typically have great teeth.

But for the rest of us.... we all have our unique things we may dislike about seeing a dentist that can become overwhelming and even cause us to anticipate the discomfort and delay getting done what needs to be done.

As a result... things get worse, more complicated to treat and sometimes more costly.

Common Anxiety Management

Since people have different definitions of what makes them anxious or uneasy and what they consider to be the perfect comfort zone, both of our doctors use different combinations of technologies, topical solutions, oral medications and even I.V. sedation to create the treatment experience wanted by each patient.

Medications for routine management of pain perception have been around nearly forever. Novacaine, is probably the most popular as a local treatment.

Medications also exist and are routinely used for helping patients manage the fear of pain perception, which can be more anxiety producing than the pain itself.

The effective management of anxiety influenced pain "perceptions" greatly reduces the need for actual pain relievers or blockers.

Common Anxieties and Aversions

There are numerous cosmetic and reconstructive procedures provided to our patients that can be coupled with almost any degree of sedated experience while undergoing treatment. Examples of treatments that can create feelings of slight apprehensiveness to extreme white-knuckle-arm rest-gripping anxiety are listed below:

  • Arriving for an Appointment (not uncommon for some)
  • Routine Dental Exams
  • Dental Sounds
  • Dental Smells and Odors
  • Xrays
  • Teeth Cleaning
  • In Office Whitening (Zoom, Discus Dental)
  • Cavity Detection
  • Routine Fillings
  • Dental Bonding
  • Bite Occlusal Adjustment
  • Impressions for stone models, whitening trays, temporaries (gag reflex)
  • Tooth Polishing (vibration factors)
  • Bridgework
  • Replacing Amalgam Fillings with Porcelain Onlays/Inlays
  • Crown Replacement
  • Re-cementation of bridgework - crowns

Imagining the Inconceivable

Although IV Sedation is considered to be the ultimate in sedation methods that can help patients either overcome the worst anxiety imagineable or assure that several treatments can be combined in one visit, the benefits of a carefully planned use of locals and oral medications can be very successful for most patients.

It is not uncommon for patients to undergo full mouth extractions, bone grafting for all extraction sites, implant surgeries for up to 16 implants (8 upper and lower), fittings for temporary dentures and/or temporary bridgework within a time span of 4-5 hours..... with a common report that it felt like 30 minutes of no pain treatment.

Assuming certain sedation methods are used during treatment, post op surgery pain or jaw joint discomfort can be nearly non-existent or easily managed for a day or so with common ibuprofen dosages.

Extended Appointments - Time Collapse Dentistry

Many patients with active careers or lifestyles have difficulty "finding the time" to undergo either routine dental care or treatments that require several sessions.

Business entrepreneurs or busy self employed patients enjoy the opportunities of having special appointment sessions set up by Dr. Schweinebraten and Dr. Mc Farland who can, in many cases, complete all needed treatments in only one, uninterupted visit.

Oral sedation has the magical effect of collapsing the time dimension of treatment. With proper levels of monitored sedation.... 4 or 5 treatment sessions can seem like 15 minutes. Naturally, there are additional benefits of experiencing minimal discomfort and effortless anxiety management.

Patients who have experienced muscular discomforts with certain types of treatment (root canals, multiple fillings, posterior restorations) can usually expect the absence of these post-treatment discomforts. Sedation medications, for many patients, produce a level of muscle relaxation that can eliminate common discomforts associated with long appointments.

Special Medication Needs

By virtue of medical history or a current medication regimen, some patients may need an altered array of sedation medications they can safely and comfortably use. Our doctors can tailor these needs with the specificity required.

Have a question about a sedation topic or area of interest that is not listed here? Contact us directly with our on-line Ask The Dentist form .... Dr. Schweinebraten or Dr. Mc Farland will reply to you personally.

Call us today at (770) 623-0930 or use our on-line Consult Request form to arrange a complimentary examination to learn more about getting the treatment you need with a level of comfort that is defined by you specifically.