Sedation Dentistry in Atlanta, GA

A Comfortable Dental Experience

Many patients are nervous about visiting the dentist’s office— up to 80% of patients deal with at least mild dental anxiety. We’re committed to providing several sedation dentistry options to ensure all of our patients feel relaxed and comfortable while getting the dental care they need.

Dr. Kauffman and our professional dental team in Atlanta, GA, strive to provide you with an environment where you feel safe and calm receiving treatment. Read our guide to learn more about our options and how they can benefit you.

What is Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry involves using sedatives to produce a relaxed state for dental treatment. Dental sedation is an excellent solution for anxious or fearful patients, or patients who require extensive treatments. 

Dr. Kauffman is a trained professional, having undergone specialized training in conscious sedation at the University Of Alabama School Of Dentistry in Birmingham. He is also a member of the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology.

Sedation dentistry is an extremely safe and accepted practice, especially when performed under the careful supervision of a trained expert such as Dr. Kauffman. This widely regarded practice can allow patients who suffer from heightened stress or anxiety in dental spaces to receive treatment that will benefit their oral health.

Types of Sedation Dentistry

Dr. Kauffman offers several different conscious sedation options for anxious patients. The doctor will help determine which type of treatment is best depending on your level of stress and symptoms. Some symptoms that sedation can help with include restlessness, heightened sensitivity, and gag reflex. The sedation options we offer include:

  • Nitrous Oxide: Commonly known as “Laughing Gas,” nitrous oxide is a colorless, sweet-smelling gas administered through a mask in combination with oxygen. Nitrous oxide produces an analgesic (numbing) effect and gives a sense of wellbeing. Nitrous is commonly used for anxious patients during mild, quicker procedures such as dental fillings and crowns but may be used in combination with other forms of sedation.
  • Local Anesthesia: This is delivered directly to the area that requires treatment. Local anesthesia is used in many dental procedures, including fillings, crowns, root canals, and oral surgeries. It produces a profound sensation of numbness in the area it’s administered. In addition, local anesthesia can be used in combination with more potent forms of sedation, such as IV or oral sedation.
  • IV Sedation: This is the most profound form of conscious sedation that Dr. Kauffman administers to patients. Medications are delivered intravenously to the patient (specific types and combinations of medications vary from patient to patient).  IV sedation induces a “twilight” state of consciousness, during which patients will still be responsive to verbal commands but may drift in and out of sleep. To the patient, the procedure will seem to last only a few minutes or be forgotten entirely.

Anxiety-Free Dental Care With Dr. Kauffman

We understand that dental anxiety is a genuine and serious concern for many people. We’re dedicated to providing the care our patients need in a way that makes them comfortable and safe. We’ll customize our treatment plan to suit your individual needs. Please contact our office at (404) 524-1981 or click the button below to schedule an appointment and learn more about what sedation dentistry can do for you.

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