Pain Management

Main Street Dentistry

Family, General Dentistry, Cosmetic & Invisalign located in Alpharetta, GA

If you have a sensitive gag reflex or a low tolerance for pain, consider pain management with nitrous oxide, oral medication, or IV sedation. At Main Street Dentistry, Imad Sabbagh, DDS, offers several types of pain management options to people of all ages. To make an appointment at the practice in Alpharetta, Georgia, call the office or click the online booking tool today.

Pain Management Q & A

What is pain management?

Pain management is a branch of dentistry that uses prescription medication to ensure your comfort during oral procedures. Many people put off routine dental checkups because they experience severe anxiety or tooth sensitivity. Pain management allows you to relax and receive the treatment you need to achieve healthy teeth and gums.

Who can benefit from pain management?

At Main Street Dentistry, the team offers pain management to people who:

  • Have a low pain tolerance
  • Experience intense dental anxiety
  • Have difficulty sitting still
  • Have very sensitive teeth
  • Have a sensitive gag reflex

You might also benefit from pain management if you need to undergo several complex procedures during a single appointment.

What are the types of pain management?

The team at Main Street Dentistry offers several types of pain management, including:

Nitrous oxide

Nitrous oxide is a colorless, odorless gas that you breathe through a mask placed over your nose. It causes feelings of euphoria, allowing you to relax throughout an entire dental procedure. Nitrous oxide wears off quickly, so you can drive yourself home following your appointment.

Oral sedation

Oral pain management, or oral sedation, involves taking a prescription drug like Halcion®. On the day of your appointment, you take a pill at home about an hour prior. Then, you have a friend or family member drive you to Main Street Dentistry.

By the time you arrive at the office, the medication kicks in. It causes you to relax and feel drowsy but doesn’t put you to sleep. If your dentist has questions or needs you to follow instructions, you’re able to respond.  

IV administered sedation

If you experience extreme dental anxiety or have very low pain tolerance, your provider might recommend IV sedation. At Main Street Dentistry, there’s a qualified anesthesiologist on staff. They administer the medication through a needle and into a vein. It bypasses your digestive system, causing you to relax almost instantly.

Throughout treatment, the anesthesiologist can make adjustments as necessary, ensuring you are comfortable during the entire procedure. After your provider finishes treatment, you’re moved to a recovery room for observation.

What type of pain management will benefit me?

The type of pain management that will most benefit you depends on the severity of your anxiety and your medical history. If you’re living with a chronic condition like diabetes or a congenital heart defect, let your dentist know. These issues won’t prevent you from receiving pain management, but they may increase the risk of complications with the anesthesia.

To explore pain management, make an appointment at Main Street Dentistry by calling the office or clicking the online booking tool today.