Do you fear going to the dentist? Have you avoided care because of fear? Don’t let your dental health suffer. Dr. Venitress Bryant Carrington and her staff at Smile Creations in Covington, GA want to ease your stress and take care of your dental concerns. Affordable sedation dentistry options are available.
What is sedation dentistry?
Sedation dentistry involves the use of medication to help patients relax during dental treatments. Although sedation dentistry is typically for patients with a fear of the dentist, it can be used for patients who:
- Are unable to sit still in the chair
- Cannot tolerate pain
- Have very sensitive teeth
- Need significant dental work
Dr. Carrington offers minimal anxiolysis sedations. Nitrous oxide is a colorless, odorless gas to relax patients. The medication takes effect immediately and is controlled throughout the procedure. Once the procedure is over, the sedative is stopped and 100% oxygen is given to help remove the nitrous oxide from the lungs. The patient can resume normal activity.
For patients with higher levels of anxiety, oral medication or a combination of medications can be used. The prescribed pills are taken prior to the procedure and are effective after about an hour. Because the drowsy effects linger after the procedure is over, a driver and someone to help with post-operative care are needed.
Affording sedation dentistry
Insurance companies may not cover the cost of sedation for dental procedures. However, sedation is still affordable. Smile Creations uses minimal anxiolysis sedation practices which are less expensive than IV sedation or general anesthesia. The heavier the sedative, the more expensive it is. If the financial aspect concerns you, speak with your dentist about possible payment plans.
In addition to sedation dentistry, Dr. Carrington offers a range of general, cosmetic, and reconstructive dental services to meet her patients’ needs. Make an appointment today at Smile Creations in Covington, GA. 770-691-0844