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Easing Your Fears About Sedation Dentistry Marietta, GA

Easing Your Fears About Sedation Dentistry

It is common for patients to assume that sedation dentistry is restricted for those that have long, complicated dental treatments ahead of them, suffer from extreme anxiety or have a medical condition such as autism or Alzheimer’s that makes it difficult to sit still during an exam. While all of these are certainly reasons to choose sedation during dental appointments, there a number of other reasons that using light sedation may be beneficial. Most dentists do not have a pre-requisite for being able to use sedation dentistry. What matters most is that you get the dental work done. If you are avoiding your six-month exams because you have any level of fear or anxiety over the dentist, then you may benefit from sedation dentistry. Up to 15% of Americans report they have dental anxiety. Sedation dentistry can be the solution for these sufferers to get the dental care they need. After all, we do know that neglecting your oral health leads to many overall health problems, some of which are serious medical conditions.

Another misconception that people have about sedation dentistry is that it involves a deep, sleep-like state. While there are many forms of sleep dentistry, most involve a light sedation technique that enables patients to speak and interact with the dentist during the treatment. Choosing Nitrous Oxide, a popular sedation dentistry, means you can even drive yourself home after you appointment if needed.

Gilreath Family Dentistry offers two forms for Sedation during dental work, Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas) and Oral Conscious Sedation using a medicine that you swallow. Nitrous Oxide is given to patients by way of a nosepiece and provides a very comfortable level of sedation. This form of sedation goes away immediately after you stop breathing it. Oral sedative medications are also effective. They cause patients to become drowsy and even fall asleep. With oral sedatives, patients are still easily awakened. However, unlike Nitrous Oxide, patients who choose to take oral sedative medication will not be able to drive home. Whether your fear of dental work is a mild anxiety that causes your palms to sweat, a paralyzing fear or an overly sensitive gag reflux, ask your dentist about sedation dentistry. It may be your answer to making sure you stay on top of your oral health.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Paul Gilreath IV, Gilreath Family Dentistry

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Gilreath Family Dentistry

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Based on 307 reviews


Dr. Gilreath is incredible with my kids. They love going to the dentist now! And this busy mom loves the warm neck wraps, the soft music and enjoying a latte while I relax!

Kenneth H.

Was lucky enough to find these guys when I got insurance that my old dentist did not take. Very professional and friendly staff! Office has the latest greatest technology as well. If you're looking for a new dentist, search no further!

Susie L.

Very personable and friendly, they took the time to go over my complex dental history and did not pressure me into anything. They gave their recommendations and priced out any options I had. Great group!

Camille Y.

Dr. Gilreath and his staff are top notch. I received the best cleaning I've ever had while watching my favorite show. The Doctor and his staff were all very polite, friendly, and courteous. They explained everything to me clearly and presented me with options in a gentle way that didn't make me feel pressured at all. It's obvious they really care about the wellbeing of their patients. The facility and equipment is really nice as well. I will definitely be back!

Juan R.

Always willing to work around my kids and my schedules. Today I had a long appointment. They started on time and always made sure I was comfortable and that the pain was managed so the procedure could’ve been completed without issues. Very courteous and professional staff.

Lucia B.

Awesome dental practice! The staff is friendly and efficient. Dr. Gilreath is thorough and versed in the latest technology and procedures. I love that he can make crowns in the office while you wait (so no walking around with a temporary crown for days or weeks). I would strongly recommend this dental practice!

Matthew W.

I've been going here for about a little over a year now. I've had a few cleanings, a filling, and started Invisiline so far. Hands down, the best run dental office I've ever been to. In the past at other dental offices I often had to wait 30 or more minutes beyond my appointment time before being seen. At Dr. Gilreath's office I've been seen on time every time. They seem to have systems in place to make every part of your visit run smoothly. From how they took x-rays, to billing and appointments, to the work done by the hygienist/dentist, everything seems to run like a well oiled machine. On top of that all the staff are all friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. The office space itself is also quite nice. Very clean, well maintained, and seems very "up to date" with their equipment. If you're looking for a dentist and are anywhere in the northwest metro area I would highly recommend Dr. Gilreath.

Jhion R.

The staff is always so courteous and personable. They make us feel like family every time we have an appointment. Service is excellent, too. My wife recently went for a cleaning and Dr. Gilreath noticed a chip in one of her fillings. He knew we recently had another baby and that her time was very limited so he went ahead and did the filling right then and there, an extra thirty minutes tops. Dr. Gilreath is always looking at the big picture and really knows his stuff. We will never go anywhere else

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