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Sedation Dentistry – Gainesville, GA

Improved Comfort for Anxious or Nervous Patients

While Dr. Her’s chairside manner and dedication to customer service is sure to make you feel confident about your care, sometimes it’s not enough to make completing treatment any less stressful. Regardless of how simple it may be, dental care can feel impossible to receive for those suffering from dental anxiety or fear. With the help of our multiple sedation methods, that becomes a worry of the past. Contact his dental office today to learn more about sedation dentistry in Gainesville, GA! 

Why Choose Lifetime Dental of Gainesville for Sedation Dentistry?


Oral Conscious Dental Sedation

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If you suffer from moderate to severe levels of dental anxiety or feel extremely fearful every time you need to complete treatment, our oral conscious sedation may be the most ideal. This pill is taken orally hours before your visit, giving it time to take effect. By the time you arrive, you’ll be incredibly relaxed and ready to receive your care. Keep in mind that the effects of the sedative take time to wear off, which is why we request that you have a friend or family member drive you to and from the dental office.

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Nitrous Oxide Sedation Dentistry

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A more mild form of sedation, nitrous oxide is a gas that is inhaled through a nasal mask throughout treatment. Since the effects of the gas are fast-acting, you can simply show up to your appointment, receive sedation, then leave without having to worry about the side effects. Keep in mind that regardless of the type of sedation you receive, you’ll still be awake to let Dr. Her know about your current comfort levels.

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IV Sedation Dentistry

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The strongest form of sedation dentistry we offer is IV sedation. We typically recommend it for patients with extreme dental anxiety or who require a lengthy or complicated treatment. It’s also a great option for those with special needs or those who have physical issues that make sitting for long periods of time uncomfortable. With this method, the sedative is administered through a tiny injection in the hand or arm and within moments, you’ll fall into a deep state of relaxation. As an IV sedation-certified dentist, Dr. Her will ensure that you’re as safe and comfortable as possible throughout your entire treatment.

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Sedation Dentistry FAQs – Gainesville, GA

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At Lifetime Dental of Gainesville, we believe that everyone deserves to feel comfortable in the dental chair and get the care they need for a healthy smile. Rest assured that with over a decade of experience, a compassionate chairside manner, and advanced certification in sedation techniques, Dr. Her is truly a gentle dentist. To help you have all the information you need about sedation dentistry, we’ve answered several FAQs below. But if you have any other questions or you’re looking for a sedation dentist in Gainesville, don’t hesitate to get in touch!

Can I Return To Work or School After My Procedure? 


It depends on whether you opt for nitrous oxide or oral conscious sedation. Since the effects of nitrous oxide wear off right away, you can drive yourself to and from your appointment and return to work or school without any concern. 


With oral conscious sedation, it takes several hours for the effects to wear off completely. Many patients feel quite sleepy after their visit, so it’s a good idea to take the day off work or school to rest. You’ll also need someone to drive you to and from your appointment.  

Will I Feel Any Pain?


No. Local anesthesia is used to numb the area being worked on, while sedation alleviates fear and anxiety. These are always used together, so you’ll not only feel calm but also experience little to no pain during your procedure.

Will I Be Aware of My Surroundings?


Yes. You can expect to be conscious and awake but deeply relaxed. This allows for communication and responsiveness but takes away any feelings of apprehension.   

Will I Remember Anything After My Procedure?


Nitrous oxide may give you a minor amnesia effect, while oral conscious sedation usually produces mild to moderate amnesia. As a dentist in Gainesville, we’ve found this to be very helpful because it eliminates memories that could otherwise lead to further anxiety in the future.

Is Sedation Dentistry Safe?


Yes. Dr. Her completed years of training in dental school to manage pain and anxiety and also has advanced certification to provide sedation dentistry. He always does a thorough review of your medical history to make sure it will be a good option for you and also monitors your vital signs to make sure you do great during each procedure. You’ll also be glad to know that sedation dentistry has been safely used for decades and is approved by the American Dental Association.


If you’re looking for high-quality care from a gentle dentist in Gainesville, give us a call anytime. We’ve helped hundreds of people achieve great oral health without fear or anxiety, and we’d love to help you too! 

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