Sedation Dentistry Atlanta
Sedation dentistry refers to the use of sedation during dental treatment. Sedation is most commonly used during extensive procedures, for patients with dental phobia or for patients who find it difficult to sit still. There are different types of sedation, including nitrous oxide (“laughing gas”), IV sedation, oral sedatives and general anesthetic.
Sedation can range from the use of nitrous oxide to calm a patient to general anesthetics used to put patients to sleep. Patients with dental phobia, low pain tolerance, major dental treatment, physical handicaps or strong gag reflexes may require sedation. Procedures like fillings, crowns, bridges, root canals, extractions, cosmetic procedures and periodontal treatments often require some sort of sedation.
Sedation is endorsed by the American Dental Association and is an effective way to make many patients comfortable during their dental visit. Before using a sedative or anesthetic, it is essential to tell your dentist about any medications or medical treatments you are receiving. Before administering any sedative or anesthetic, your dentist will talk to you about the process of sedation and pre-and post-sedation instructions.
Laughing Gas – Atlanta Sedation Dentistry
Nitrous oxide, more commonly known as “laughing gas,” is often used as a conscious sedative during a dental visit. The gas is administered with a mixture of oxygen and has a calming effect that helps phobic or anxious patients relax during their dental treatment. Because it is a mild sedative, patients are still conscious and can talk to their dentist during their visit. After treatment, the nitrous is turned off and oxygen is administered for 5-10 minutes to help flush any remaining gas. The effects wear off almost immediately. Nitrous oxide rarely has side effects, although some patients may experience minor nausea and constipation. Your doctor will provide you with pre-and post-sedation instructions.
Atlanta Dentist, Siegel and Dolt of Atlanta, Georiga (Brookhaven) offers a very wide array of dental services, including preventive dentistry, BioClear “black triangle” treatment, cosmetic dentistry, CEREC (one-visit) crowns, and 3D computer-assisted implant placement for predictable, comfortable tooth replacement.
Dr. Harris B. Siegel and Dr. Arthur H. “Skip” Dolt received further training through post-doctoral residency programs and maintain an on-going commitment to continuing education. In addition, we believe that ultimately, when optionsfor treatment exist, it is our responsibility to share with you the potential advantages and disadvantages of each option. We always encourage patient questions and are here to provide any information we can.
Our practice is lucky to have dental hygienists who are well-trained and very knowledgeable in preventive and periodontal care and maintenance. Our hygienists are highly skilled to help our patients understand the nature of periodontal disease and treatment. While healthy mouths generally require cleaning twice a year, people with significant gum disease require completely different treatment. Again, it is our belief that hygiene diagnosis and therapy should be delivered in an individualized and personal way based on your needs.
Dr. Harris B. Siegel is a graduate of the University of Georgia and holds his dental degree from the Medical College of Georgia. He studied for his post-doctoral certification at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Dental School, where he completed a program in Advanced Education in General Dentistry and a General Practice Residency. Dr. Siegel is certified in intravenous conscious sedation for apprehensive patients.
He is a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, the Academy of Osseointegration, the Northern District Dental Society, the American and Georgia Dental Associations, the Thomas P. Hinman Dental Society and the Academy of General Dentistry in which he holds a Fellowship. Dr. Siegel is also a member of the Alpha Omega International Dental Fraternity of which he is a past president of the Atlanta Chapter. Additionally, he is a member of the Crown Council, an invitation-only, prestigious, worldwide alliance of leading-edge dentists who are industry leaders in health and wellness and are strongly committed to serving in their communities.
Dr. Siegel and his wife, Gayle, have three beautiful daughters – Lauren, Ashley and Meredith. When not in the office, Dr. Siegel enjoys spending time with his family as much as possible. He also is very passionate about golf and his favorite football teams, the Georgia Bulldogs and Atlanta Falcons!
Dr. Arthur H. “Skip” Dolt, III received his Bachelor of Arts from Texas Christian University double-majoring in Chemistry and Biology. He then earned his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from The University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. After graduation from dental school, he completed a three-year post-doctoral program, gaining expertise in such specialized disciplines as implant dentistry, cosmetic dentistry and sedation dentistry.
He is a member of the American Dental Association, the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the Northern District Dental Society, the American and Georgia Dental Associations, the Academy of Osseointegration, the Hinman Dental Society and is a Fellow in the Academy of General Dentistry. He is maintains involvement in groups advancing dental technologies such as cad-cam digital dental restorations, and 3D-computer guided dental implantology.
Dr. Dolt and his wife, Elaine, have two children and are active in the Dunwoody community. When Dr. Dolt isn’t practicing dentistry, he can be found pursuing his other passions of photography (especially HDR travel photography), jazz music and baseball. He is very active in the Atlanta jazz community and plays lead trombone in an active local big band, The Atlanta Swing Orchestra. Additionally, he is still pursuing his goal of seeing a baseball game in every Major League Baseball park. At present, he has visited 18!