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By Beasley Cosmetic & General Dentistry
August 27, 2019
Category: Oral Health
Tags: sedation dentistry  

Most dental procedures today only require local anesthesia to numb just the affected area. It's a safer approach than general anesthesia: the unconscious state created by putting someone "to sleep" can lead to some unpleasant complications.

But patient comfort involves more than preventing physical pain during a procedure. There's also the emotional factor—many people experience nervousness, anxiety or fear during dental visits. It's especially problematic for an estimated 15% of the population whose dental visit anxiety is so great they often try to avoid dental care altogether.

One option is to use general anesthesia for patients with acute anxiety rather than local anesthesia. This removes them consciously from their anxiety, but they must then be monitored closely for complications.

But there's a safer way to relax patients with high anxiety called intravenous or IV sedation. The method delivers a sedative medication directly into a patient's bloodstream through a small needle or catheter inserted into a vein. The sedative places the patient in a relaxed "semi-awake" state, taking the edge off their anxiety while still enabling them to respond to verbal commands.

Coupled with local anesthesia, they won't experience any pain and very little if any discomfort. And many of the sedatives used also have an amnesiac effect so that the patient won't remember the procedures being performed.

IV sedation does require monitoring of vital signs, but the patient won't need help maintaining their breathing or heart function. And although the medication can be adjusted to reduce any lingering after-effects, a patient will still need someone to accompany them to and from their visit.

For lesser anxiety or nervousness, dentists sometimes prescribe an oral sedative to take just before a visit. This can help take the edge off your nerves and help you relax. With either method, though, sedation can help you overcome fear and anxiety and have a more pleasant treatment experience.

If you would like more information on IV sedation, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “IV Sedation in Dentistry.”

By Beasley Cosmetic & General Dentistry
April 24, 2018
Category: Oral Health

How sedation dentistry from your dentist serving Athens and Huntsville can make life easierdental anxiety, sedation dentistry

If you are afraid of the dentist, you are not alone. Dental anxiety is a very common problem, and it can keep you from getting the dental care you need. You don’t have to let fear of dental treatment control your life. Dr. R. Brad Beasley at Beasley Family & Implant Dentistry wants to tell you more about sedation dentistry and how it can relieve your fears. He proudly serves the residents of Athens and Huntsville, AL and he can help you too.

Dental anxiety is the real deal. Don’t let anyone tell you it is “all in your head” because real physical issues can happen including an increased heart rate, sweating, trembling, hyperventilation, and other problems. People often become fearful of dental visits because they have:

  • A fear of needles
  • A history of bad dental experiences
  • Feelings of being vulnerable when leaned back in the dental chair
  • A dislike of smells, sounds, and sights within a dental office

At Beasley Family & Implant Dentistry, the office staff will make you comfortable with warm blankets and pleasant surroundings while you wait for the sedation to take effect. You will be carefully monitored the entire time to ensure a safe, relaxing visit. You can choose from several sedation methods, each offering its own benefits. For example:

  • Oral sedation, which is easy to administer and produces relaxation and a feeling of comfort; you may even sleep through your appointment.
  • Inhaled conscious sedation, which is inhaled through a nosepiece; containing a combination of nitrous oxide and oxygen, the effects of inhaled sedation leave your body quickly.

Dr. Beasley may also suggest a combination of oral and inhaled sedation, depending on the level of sedation you wish.

For more detailed information about sedation dentistry please visit the Sedation page on Dr. Beasley’s website at

Thanks to sedation dentistry, you don’t have to fear the dentist. You can get necessary dental work completed in a calm and relaxing atmosphere. Sedation dentistry from Dr. Beasley can make it happen. For more information about sedation dentistry and other dental services call Beasley Family & Implant Dentistry, serving the residents of Athens and Huntsville, AL. Call today!

If you fear the dentist and you are skipping out on visits, it may be doing more harm to your mouth and body than you think. Millions of Americans avoid the dentist merely because of the dread of pain. An estimated 75 million people in the United States live with some type of dental fear, some children and some adults. Dental fears can stem from:Sedation Dentistry Patient
  • Prior painful or negative experiences
  • Feeling helpless or out of control in a dental situation
  • Feeling embarrassed about neglecting your teeth
  • Fear of being ridiculed about neglecting your teeth.
  • Parents or siblings have a fear which plays a role in your fear
Seeking dental care is imperative for your health, and Beasley Cosmetic & General Dentistry for Oral Health and Aesthetics in Huntsville has a solution to your dental doubts: Sedation dentistry.

Sedation Dentistry

Sedation dentistry has become a common trend for patients who are nervous about visiting the dentist. Sedation is used to keep the patient at contentment and ease during dental services. Our dentist has received sedation training and will safely monitor you during the procedure. There are different options a patient may choose for sedation. Types of sedation include:
  • Nitrous Oxide - This is commonly known as laughing gas. It is used to decrease pain and anxiety. It is very useful for children so they may relax and are more likely to cooperate.
  • Oral Sedation Dentistry – Our sedation dentist will administer anti-anxiety medicine about an hour before the procedure. This will allow the patient to relax but they are still fully alert.
  • Anti-Anxiety Pill – An anti-anxiety or sleeping pill may also be prescribed the night before the appointment. This can help the patient with falling asleep and getting well-needed rest.

Sedation can be useful if:

  • You do not want to be aware of what is happening
  • You want some help to relax
  • You want to get your teeth fixed as quickly as possible
Patients will find that using sedation dentistry will make going to the dentist a more pleasant experience. Some patients may not even recall the visit and feel that the treatment only lasted a few minutes, when it may have taken a few hours.

Other Calming Techniques

  • Yoga has been known to help patients obtain techniques for breathing and relaxation.
  • Listen to your iPod or MP3 player during the visit. This can keep your mind on something else.
  • If your dental office has a TV, use it to your advantage. Watch your favorite show and focus on that instead of what’s going on with your teeth.
  • Therapy or hypnotherapy sessions can also be an option for patients who find this has worked in other situations.
Our office wants to do anything we can to get you back to the dentist, which is why we offer sedation dentistry for Huntsville area patients. We hope you will find these techniques useful and will persuade you that seeing us is easy and important. Contact our dental office in Huntsville today by calling (888) 860-5114 for more information on sedation dentistry or to schedule an appointment.