Dr. Hayslip is a member of DOCS, Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation™, and has received training in dental oral conscious sedation protocols. For patients that experience extreme anxiety about having dental treatment or have extensive treatment needs, sedation dentistry can be an alternative solution to help them receive the care they need while in a fully relaxed state.
Oral sedatives are used to place the patient in a deeply relaxed state. Unlike general anesthesia, the patient can breathe on their own and is able to communicate and respond to questions or instructions.
For a mildly relaxing effect during procedures, we can provide patients with nitrous oxide sedation, or "laughing gas". Nitrous oxide sedation is inhaled through a fitted nose mask that is worn during dental treatment. The effects of nitrous oxide sedation are temporary and end as soon as the mask is removed.
Oral Surgeon Dr. Michael Billingsley has completed training in IV sedation for dentistry. He offers IV sedation as a service to his surgical patients.
Using this approach, a very small IV is placed to administer medications and help you feel completely relaxed during your procedure. With IV sedation, you will reach a deeper level of relaxation than other techniques available. When you are sedated, you will feel very calm and relaxed, yet still able to respond to your surroundings.
You may feel as though you were asleep during your treatment, as you will have little to no memory of it afterwards. Because of this effect from IV sedation, many refer to it as "sleep dentistry" even though you are still awake during the procedure. This can be helpful for patients that experience a great deal of anxiety about dental treatment.
While IV sedation is safe and effective, people with certain conditions should not use sedatives. These conditions include pregnancy, known allergies to sedatives, and (in some instances) compromised liver and kidney function. Dr. Billingsley will always discuss any current medical conditions and prescriptions you may have in addition to a medical history check. This will help him determine if IV sedation is a viable option for you.
Sedation dentistry has helped many patients complete necessary dental treatment without fear. We always want to help our patients overcome any obstacles that stand in the way of their dental health. If you experience a high level of anxiety about dental treatment, or have extensive dental needs, please do not hesitate to Contact the Middle Georgia Center for Cosmetic Dentistry to learn more about your options for sedation dentistry.