Calm Your Dental Anxiety With IV sedation

Do you put off your dentist appointments because of anxiety? You’re not alone. 15% of Americans avoid the dentist due to fear of dental treatments, including routine cleanings. We don’t want you to stop taking care of your teeth or avoid important dental treatments that can improve your oral health. That’s why we offer IV sedation, or “twilight” sedation, to help you have a relaxing and comfortable dental experience.

A good candidate for IV sedation is someone who:

  • Has strong fear or anxiety of going to the dentist
  • Had a bad dental experience in the past
  • Has strong aversion to the smells and sounds of a dentist office
  • Has a sensitive gag reflex

With IV sedation, or intravenous sedation, you have a stress-free and pain-free dental appointment and will be fully awake throughout the procedure.

IV sedation is a safe and effective option that is:

  • Fast acting
  • Puts you in a deeper state of relaxation then oral sedation or laughing gas
  • Leaves you conscious throughout the procedure, but you will have no memory of it
  • Allows you to respond to the dentist during your procedure
  • Greatly reduces gag reflex, which can be an issue for some people

Prior to your dental procedure, you will be administered anxiety reducing medicine through an intravenous drip. Although you will be highly monitored by our team, you won’t need medical assistance to maintain adequate breathing or your heart functioning as in done under general anesthesia. You will need an adult to drive you to and from your appointment. We’ll allow you to leave once we feel it safe for you to do so.

We are happy to discuss IV sedation as an option for your next dental appointment. We’ll go through your health history and answer any questions you may have. Please, don’t avoid another dental visit out of anxiety when you don’t have to. Your comfort is important to us, and we are here to help you.

We Have Some Exciting News to Share With You!

Making sure you have a comfortable dental experience has always been our number one goal. As a member of our dental family, you may already know that we offer relaxation dentistry. We are very excited to introduce you to the newest member of our dental family who will provide this additional service in sedation dentistry.

We Now Offer IV Sedation

IV sedation, also known as conscious sedation, is a moderate form of sedation that makes you less aware of what’s going on but does not put you to sleep like general anesthesia would. IV sedation is administered through a vein and offers several advantages to you, as a patient, including:

More comfortable for you and us — You’ll feel less pain and discomfort during IV sedation and will be relaxed and in a “twilight zone.” You usually won’t be aware of the procedure, but you will be conscious enough to respond to questions and make comments. We’ll be better able to focus on the procedure knowing you are comfortable and without pain.

Fast-acting — Since it is being administered into your vein, it goes to work quickly, meaning you spend less time in the chair waiting for sedation to take effect.

Can be monitored and adjusted — Unlike other sedation methods, the amount of sedation can be adjusted during the procedure as needed by reducing or increasing the amount of the drugs being used in the IV.

Deeper sedation — IV sedation is deeper than oral sedation, making it ideal for those with stronger dental phobias and those who have strong gag reflexes. It also means you’ll have a more comfortable in-chair experience during longer or more complicated procedures.

Not every dental practice can offer IV sedation. It takes special training on the part of the dentist to be able to administer it — and that is just one reason we are so pleased to be introducing our latest team member.

Meet Our New Team Member

We are proud to welcome Dr. Sayde Souther to our team. Dr. Souther grew up in nearby St. Simons Island, and she always wanted to be a dentist. She got her degree from the University of Georgia, then graduated at the top of her class from the Dental College of Georgia. She continued her education to be able to provide surgical and sedation dentistry, including IV sedation.

Adding Dr. Souther to the team allows us to expand the services we offer under one roof to better serve your needs. Now we can provide the sedation dentistry option that will work best for you. So there’s no need to fear keeping your mouth healthy and your smile beautiful. Please contact my office to schedule an appointment for a consultation.

All the best,
Dr. Britt

Oral Sedation

Dr. Angela Britt, DMD & Dr. Sadye Souther, DMD

Oral Sedation

You’re not alone if you get anxiety when it comes time for your next dentist appointment. Many people avoid the dentist altogether because their fear of procedures is so great. The good news is there are solutions to help calm your anxiety, and oral sedation is one of them.

What is Oral Sedation?

Oral sedation is one of the ways dentists help their patients reduce anxiety so they can perform dental treatments important to oral health. It’s convenient in treating mild to moderate anxiety. If fear of needles, a traumatic dental experience or generalized fear hold your back from your appointments, oral sedation will help put you in a relaxed state so you can get through your dental visit. You’ll be given a pill to take the night before your procedure and one just prior to coming in to the office.

The benefits of oral sedation include:

  • The pill form makes it the easiest way to reduce anxiety and fear
  • Reduces memory of the procedure
  • You will remain awake during the procedure, and able to respond to the dentist
  • Allows complex procedures to be done in less time

We’ll take time to go through your health history to make sure oral sedation is right for you. Don’t put off caring for your teeth when there is a safe and effective solution to help calm your anxiety. Call us today to learn more about how oral sedation can you help you.

Your teeth deserve the best. We ensure you get it.

IV Sedation

Dr. Angela Britt, DMD & Dr. Sadye Souther, DMD

IV Sedation

picture of dentist exam room showing dental chair and dental tools

If you suffer from anxiety when it comes time for your dentist appointment, you’re not alone. In fact, 15% of the US population experiences some form of dental anxiety. Unfortunately, it can be so severe that people avoid going to the dentist all together, putting their oral health in jeopardy.

IV Sedation

Good news! We are pleased to offer the option of IV or intravenous sedation to help ease the anxiety of our patients undergoing dental treatments. Otherwise known as “twilight” dentistry, IV sedation allows us to provide you with a relaxed and comfortable dental experience. Patients undergo a deep state of relaxation, and forget all about their treatment with this type of sedation.

A mix of medication is administered through an IV and you’ll be monitored closely during the treatment. While you do stay awake, you will not feel any pain or discomfort. In fact, you’ll be able to answer your dentist’s questions or make remarks.

Benefits of IV sedation include:

  • Works quickly and the dosage is tailored to the patient’s specific need
  • Provides a deeper state of relaxation then laughing gas or oral sedation
  • You won’t remember the procedure, even though you are conscious during treatment
  • You’ll lose track of time, allowing the dentist to comfortably care for you
  • Ideal for patients with sensitive gag reflex

Patient’s will want to make sure they have an adult to drive them home after the procedure as the sedation medication will take time to wear off. By the following day, however, most patients do not experience any discomfort or side effects due to the sedation. That’s something to smile about!

Think IV sedation might be a solution to your dental anxiety? Make an appointment with us and we’ll be happy to discuss whether you are a good candidate for this treatment. We’ll take the time to go over your health history and explain how the procedure works.

Our goal is to provide you with the best dental care possible. Don’t delay your next dental procedure due to fear. We have a solution that can help!

Your teeth deserve the best. We ensure you get it.

Is Dental Anxiety Your Fear Factor?

nervous man biting fingernails

Does the thought of going to the dentist fill you with anxiety? Anxiety toward the dentist and dental treatment leads to avoidance of dental care. Many people have some level of anxiety about dentists and dental treatment. Most people are able to push past their fears and get their treatment completed. For others, it’s not that simple. If you’re in that category, you have options to handle your anxiety and get the dental treatment you need. At Dentistry by Angela Britt, we make every effort to ease your dental anxiety.

Recognize the reasons for your anxiety.

Make a list of what makes you anxious about going to the dentist. Write down the reason behind your feelings. Below is a list of common triggers of dental anxiety.

  • Fear of actual pain or perceived pain triggered by needles, dental drills, or the dental setting in general.
  • Loss of control because you can’t see what’s going on. Also, you don’t know what’s going to happen next.
  • Previous bad experience or a secondhand experience of a family member or friend.
  • Feeling claustrophobic in the dental chair with people inches away from your face. You feel like your personal space is being invaded.
  • Embarrassment about the condition of your mouth. You fear that the dentist will judge you based on the condition of your mouth.

Communicate your anxiety.

Get it out in the open. Talk to the dentist about your specific fears or anxieties. Your dentist is there to listen without judgment and develop an action plan to calm your fears. Every effort will be made to make you feel comfortable and at ease.

Team members have the training to assist you in anxious moments as well. Everyone is ready to do their part to make your experience as pleasant as possible.

Solutions to ease your anxiety

NuCalm is a system clinically designed to allow patients to relax naturally. It works within minutes. The system is based on four components working together to put you in a state of relaxation. There are no side effects, so no recuperative time or supervision is needed.

Conscious sedation uses medication to help patients relax during dental treatment. Sometimes it’s referred to as sleep dentistry, but that’s not entirely accurate. Patients are generally awake but in a relaxed state. You take your medication the day of your appointment. Also, you’ll need someone to drive you to and from your appointment.

Are you ready to take the next step toward facing your fears? Dr. Angela Britt and team members are ready to ease you dental anxieties. If you live in Brunswick, Georgia, or the surrounding areas, call our office to schedule an appointment.

Sedation Dentistry

scared and terrified girl at dentist office

Are you delaying dental treatment due to fear? If your answer is yes, YOU ARE NOT ALONE. Millions of people are fearful for many different reasons. Some people have experienced trauma due to past dental experiences, while others may be afraid of needles. Certain smells in the dental office can also trigger anxiety and just the sight of the “Dentist” can cause the heart rate to increase.

For Millions of Americans, Sedation Dentistry is a dream come true! With sedation dentistry, you don’t have to be afraid anymore. Oral Sedation Dentistry protocols have been used safely for over 30 years with millions of different dental procedures.

Imagine being able to accomplish all of your dental care in as little as one to two visits and in complete relaxation. This may be possible for you with Conscious Sedation Dentistry. Many patients feel no discomfort during treatment and feel surprisingly good afterwards, with little or no memory of your dental visit. You, too, can feel relaxed and comfortable during your dental treatment.

Here’s how it works. Prior to any treatment, I will review your medical history and explain how Conscious Sedation can work for you. On the day of your appointment, you will take medication in pill-form. You will need to have a family member or friend bring you to the office. Once you are at the office, you will be monitored closely throughout your visit while the dental treatment is completed. After treatment, your friend or family member will drive you home to rest. It’s that simple!

Conscious Sedation is recommended for all types of dental treatment, including:

Call me today at 912-264-5550 to schedule a consultation to find out if you are a candidate for Conscious Sedation and enjoy the benefits of a beautiful smile and good health!

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