If you avoid dentistry because of fear or anxiety, minor oral health concerns can worsen and eventually require extensive dental work.
Don't let fear keep you from the dentist. Sedation dentistry can help you relax while receiving the treatment you need.
At Advanced Dental Care in Valdosta, GA, we offer two forms of conscious sedation...
Your Sedation Options
Nitrous oxide, also known as "laughing gas," has been used in medicine and dentistry for more than a century. It is a clear, odorless gas that patients inhale through a mask placed over the nose. It takes effect almost immediately, dulling the senses and acting as a minor anesthetic.
When you breathe in nitrous oxide, you feel calm and relaxed but remain conscious and communicative. A benefit of nitrous oxide is that our dentists can adjust the dosage during your treatment, so you will continue to feel comfortable for the duration of your appointment.
The effects of nitrous oxide wear off rapidly after the mask is removed, so you should have no problem driving yourself home after your visit to either of our Valdosta offices.
Oral sedation involves the use of sedatives in pill form. When you choose oral sedation, our dentists will write you a prescription for Ativan®. You will then take the recommended dosage before your dental appointment. When it's time for your procedure, you should feel calm and relaxed.
Like nitrous oxide, oral sedation doesn’t make you completely unconscious. You will remain conscious and responsive, but all feelings of anxiety and nervousness should disappear. This is a stronger form of sedation than nitrous. In fact, many patients who choose oral sedation have little to no recollection of their dental procedure.
Oral sedatives can make you feel drowsy for several hours, so you will need to arrange for a friend or family member to transport you to and from your appointment.
Who Chooses Sedation?
At Advanced Dental Care in Valdosta, GA, we understand that many patients struggle with some degree of dental anxiety or dental phobia. If you have a fear of dentists, you shouldn't be embarrassed. Sedation dentistry may help you overcome your misgivings and experience the health and cosmetic benefits of professional dentistry.
Patients Who Can't Sit Still
Some patients find it difficult to sit still in a dental chair, especially patients with ADHD, arthritis, or special needs. Dental sedation can help these patients feel comfortable for the duration of their treatment.
Patients With a Sensitive Gag Reflex
Some patients naturally have a more sensitive gag reflex, which can make it difficult to endure any kind of dental procedure. The sedation methods available at our Valdosta practices can dull your gag reflex, enabling our dentists to complete treatment as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Patients Sitting Through Long Procedures
We can make sedation available during any procedure, but it's most often utilized during more involved treatments like dental implant surgery. Nitrous oxide or oral sedation can help you sit calmly through longer procedures, which in turn helps our dentists perform the best work possible.
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The dentists of Advanced Dental Care in Valdosta, GA, have been voted "Best Dentist in South Georgia" for 11 years in a row. We do it all at our two convenient locations, from basic cleanings and exams to cosmetic dentistry, dentures, and dental implants. Patient comfort is always our number one priority, which is why we're happy to offer sedation dentistry to patients of all ages.
If you think sedation dentistry could be a game-changer for yourself or a family member, we encourage you to schedule a consultation at one of our offices today. During a consultation, we can explain our sedation options and review your medical and dental histories to determine if you are a strong candidate for this form of dentistry.
5-Star Reviews From Our Patients
What an incredible experience, office staff were polite, courteous and professional. I was seen within minutes of my scheduled appointment time. Lauren Conine was my hygienist, she explained in detail and in laymen terms the exams and procedures she would be doing. What a wonderful and personable young woman (with a wicked sense of humor). She made me feel at ease as soon as I sat down and her main concern was limiting any discomfort. Advanced Dental is so fortunate to have her. Dr. Woodward is the epitome of professionalism, he also explained in detail a comprehensive treatment plan, options and costs and was interested in my comments and concerns. Would recommend Advanced Dental without reservation.View on Google
After coming to college at Valdosta State, I was in a search for a good dentist. I was recommended by a coworker to come to Advanced Dental Care for a teeth cleaning, and let me tell you, I can't express enough how amazing these people are. Dr. Ashley and his entire team are wonderful! I just had to get my cavities filled for the first time and it was an easy experience, no pain at all! Not only do they get the job done, but the atmosphere is so friendly. They take their time with their patients, which is greatly appreciated! Even when I graduate from VSU and have to go back to my hometown, I still will take the trip to come back to this dentist. They are awesome!View on Google
Sedation Dentistry FAQs
Is sedation dentistry safe?
When overseen by Drs. W. Ashley Moorman, J. Barclay Woodward, and Hardy Gray, sedation dentistry is completely safe. Our doctors will ensure that you receive the right amount of sedation, and they will monitor you closely throughout your dental appointment to make sure you don't experience any negative side effects.
Can I be sedated for any procedure?
Yes. While sedation is often recommended for more involved procedures, especially anxious patients can choose to be sedated for any kind of appointment, even a basic dental cleaning. We can offer sedation to patients visiting us for a denture fitting, cosmetic dentistry, and more.
How long do the effects of sedation last?
Nitrous oxide wears off quickly once the mask is removed, and most patients can drive themselves home. The effects of oral sedation, however, can last for a few hours after the dental appointment is complete. That's why patients who choose oral sedatives need to arrange for someone else to drive them to and from their appointment.
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What Does Sedation Dentistry Cost?
Choosing sedation dentistry will usually add $80 to $150 to your overall treatment costs. Unfortunately, most dental insurance plans don't cover sedation-related expenses. If the cost of dentistry is a concern for your family, we can help with various forms of financing.
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I just recently became a new patient about two months ago and Dr. Ashley Moorman is by far the best dentist I've been to! He and his staff are so professional and friendly and he works hard to make sure you have a great experience. I would definitely recommend Dr. Moorman and the ADC team!View on Google
ADC has a very nice facility and comforting atmosphere. Dr. Ashley Moorman and his staff have been awesome over the years with all my dental needs from basic cleaning to root canals.View on Google