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Sedation Dentistry Can Help You Relax Throughout Treatment


A patient relaxing in a dental chairAchieving a healthy, beautiful smile should be a pleasurable experience from start to finish. However, we understand that trips to the dentist can make some of our patients nervous. To ease patients' worries and help them relax during their appointment, Dr. Burton Gooch offers sedation dentistry options at our Birmingham practice. Whether you simply feel a little jittery about a certain treatment, or if scheduling an appointment on its own causes you to become anxious, the team at Dr. Burton Gooch Family & Cosmetic Dentistry can provide you with the enjoyable dental visit you deserve. Contact us today to learn more and schedule an appointment

Your Comfort is Our Priority

If visiting the dentist or undergoing a particular procedure causes your heart to pound, you are no different than many of our patients. In fact, dental phobia is a condition that affects many Americans, and serious anxiety can inhibit you from seeking the dental care you need to maintain good oral health and a beautiful smile. It is important for our patients to understand they are not alone, and that dental anxiety can easily be managed and overcome. Throughout every stage of your treatment, our team is committed to ensuring your complete comfort in a relaxing environment.

Choosing Your Sedation Method

We offer a range of sedation dentistry options that can make your treatment painless, while promoting feelings of deep relaxation. Dr. Gooch will work closely with you to choose an appropriate sedative for you, depending on your condition, treatment goals, and the procedure you are undergoing. 

More commonly referred to as “laughing gas,” Dr. Gooch uses nitrous oxide for both adults and children who want to achieve a calmer state while reducing discomfort. This type of sedation is inhaled, and is easy to monitor and adjust throughout your treatment. The effects of nitrous oxide wear off quickly, and it is the only sedation method that allows patients to safely drive home after their procedure.

Oral sedation uses pills like Valium and Ativan to relax a patient’s nervous system. If you choose to be orally sedated, you will take a pill before you come into the office or before your procedure. The effects will help you achieve a deeply relaxed state, which may take several hours to wear off. Although you will be able to respond to verbal cues while you are sedated, you may not remember much of your visit. In addition, you will need to have a friend or family member drive you home after your visit. 

Contact Us Today

Regardless of whether you are in need of restorative treatment or a simple cleaning and examination, or have been interested in learning more about cosmetic enhancements, Dr. Gooch is committed to providing you with personalized, superior quality care. If you have been putting off dental care, or the idea of undergoing a procedure causes you extreme hesitation and anxiety, sedation dentistry may help. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about how sedation dentistry can help you achieve your cosmetic and restorative goals. 

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"I have never received such individual attention and care, from the moment I walked in the door through the entire cleaning and exam. A completely comfortable and satisfying experience. I look forward to having Dr. Gooch's team take care of my dental health for years to come."

Amber L.

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120 Doug Baker Blvd
Ste 110
Birmingham, AL 35242

Open Today 7:00am - 6:00pm

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