Sedation Dentistry FAQs


Sleep dentistry, otherwise known as sedation dentistry, can be a very valuable addition to your treatment plan if you have a fear of going to the dentist. Dr. Joe Wilbanks is an experienced sedation dentist in Toccoa, GA who can help you achieve your oral health goals without anxiety. We offer conscious sedation dentistry and sleep dentistry services to make your experience much more manageable.

What are the benefits of sedation dentistry?

Sedation dentistry offers a number of benefits for patients with a high level of dental anxiety or fear of going to the dentist. These include:

  • Induces varying levels of relaxation
  • Eliminates anxiety and fear
  • Ensures the patient is calm and relaxed
  • Reduces memory of the procedure
  • Helps patients stick with their treatment plans

FAQ About Sedation Dentistry

Q: What is sedation dentistry?

A: Sedation dentistry involves using medication or nitrous oxide gas to ensure patients feel very relaxed during their procedures.

Q: What are the different types of sedation?

A: There are several types of sedation, including IV conscious sedation dentistry, oral sedation, and nitrous oxide. We will also administer local anesthesia to numb the area.

Q: How does sedation dentistry work?

A: You will receive details from your sedation dentist before the day of your treatment. Oral sedation involves taking medication before you arrive. Intravenous conscious sedation dentistry may require you to be in a fasted state before your treatment. We will provide instructions prior to your procedure.

Q: Is sedation dentistry safe?

A: Sleep dentistry is a viable solution for reducing dental anxiety, and our sedation dentist can provide more details during your consultation. We monitor our patients throughout treatment and can control the depth of sedation when inducing relaxation with IV sedation and nitrous oxide.

Q: Will I be asleep?

A: Many patients feel relaxed enough that they fall asleep, but you will still be able to respond to our directions and in some cases, will forget about the experience shortly after your visit.

Q: Will I need to take time off of work?

A: We do recommend that you do not return to work the same day of your appointment and that you make arrangements for someone to drive you home.

Q: Are there any side effects?

A: Most patients experience a certain level of drowsiness after their procedures, but you should not experience any negative side effects.

Have questions for your sedation dentist? Contact our office in Toccoa, GA today to schedule your appointment!

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