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Sedation Dentistry

If you are delaying a dental procedure or even a simple exam because visiting the dentist makes you nervous, your health could be at risk.

Dr. Burton Gooch of Gooch Family Dental offers sedation dentistry so you can remain comfortable during procedures.

Are you tired of feeling anxious during dentistry procedures? Find out more about our soothing sedation options in Birmingham, AL.

What Is Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry is a way to keep patients of all ages calm and comfortable during their appointment. There are multiple methods, such as nitrous oxide sedation and oral conscious sedation.

Sedation Dentistry Can Make This Possible

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Achieving 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, our family focused practice 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 Gooch Family Dental can provide you with the enjoyable dental visit you deserve. Contact us today to learn more and schedule an appointment. 

Birmingham matters to us. 

A Dentistry Practice That Puts The Community First

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Caring for others has always been our priority. We have a strong track record of service in our community. In fact, each year we put at least 10% of our profits back into the area. For a dentistry practice you can trust to put you first, contact Gooch Dental in Birmingham, AL.

Choose a Compassionate Dental Team For Your Care

The kind, knowledgeable team at Gooch Dental knows that visiting the dentist can be stressful for people of all ages. So, we're doing our part to ensure that you're completely at ease throughout your visit. From cleanings to root canals, our patients can finally get the care they need thanks to sedation dentistry.

Our dental team also strives to ensure that you have a great experience in general. No detail is too small, from our caring attitudes to our heated massage chairs. To learn more about the dental care and sedation options we provide, contact our Birmingham, AL, office or call:

(205) 991-9892

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Our Birmingham team offers sedation options like medication and nitrous oxide.

"Looking forward to going back for my next check-up!" Hear From Our Happy Birmingham, AL, Patients

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Stephanie Freeman

2022

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Every single staff member was extremely kind and helpful! Everyone was well educated and talked me through everything they were doing. They made me treatment plans so I knew the cost before getting anything done. I can’t recommend them enough

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Aimee Jesse

2022

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Very, very friendly group of people. My husband and I are extremely happy with our experience. The atmosphere is spa-like and doesn’t feel like a dentist office- which I’m sure would help some people if they fear the dentist. Looking forward to going back for my next check-up!

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Dental Treatment Makes Me Very Anxious Do Other People Feel Like Me?

Absolutely. Many people in the Birmingham, Alabama, area and all around the world feel anxious and fearful about going to the dentist, although even the most complex dental procedures can be done with very little discomfort. 
 

75 percent of adults still experience extreme dental anxiety or fear, mainly due to worries about pain.

*According to StatisticsStats.com

Thankfully, sedation dentistry can make your procedure a more pleasant, painless experience. Scheduling a no-pressure consultation with Dr. Gooch is the best way to learn why you have nothing to fear about dentistry procedures.

Does your child get anxious about going to the dentist? We can help.

Changing the Approach: How Sedation Dentistry Can Let Children Have Calmer Experiences

As a child, visiting the dentist can be particularly stressful. Our compassionate team works hard to ensure that all of our patients feel comfortable and at-ease. That way, they can have the foundation for a life-long healthy smile. However, if your child still feels tense or nervous about their appointment, sedation dentistry may be an option to improve their visit.

In particular, for many young patients with special needs sedation can relieve fear, stress, or sensory discomfort. Typically, your dentist will use nitrous oxide when calming your child, as opposed to medication. This treatment wears off quickly, allowing your child to get back to enjoying their day.

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Major Benefits of Sedation Dentistry

Putting off treatment due to dentistry fears can allow for decay and gum disease to spread unchecked. This can lead to infections, tooth loss, and severe pain. Sedation dentistry can allow you to get the dental care you need in a relaxed, comfortable manner. In addition, sedation: 

Greatly Reduces Pain

As mentioned, pain is the number one reason why people fear dentists. Sedation, combined with a local anesthetic, can give you a virtually painless dental appointment.

Makes Treatments Easier

When you are relaxed or in a drowsy state, Dr. Gooch can perform anything from a teeth cleaning to a root canal at our Birmingham practice quicker and more efficiently.

Calms the Body

Some adult patients may have trouble sitting still in our dental chairs due to mental or physical disorders. Small children can be fidgety. Sedation can help a patient remain still, allowing our dental team to work without interruption.

Reduces Gag Reflex

Sedation calms this reflexive action that can occur when the back or roof of your mouth is touched. The result is a smoother, less uncomfortable dental experience for you.

Cuts Down on Appointments

Calming sedation reduces your anxiety and physical tension. It can allow you to undergo more than one procedure during an appointment, so you don't have to come back for further treatment.

Don't Be Scared of the Dentist Chair Contact Our Birmingham Practice Today

Dr. Gooch and his esteemed team of skilled dentists are dedicated to making your appointments with us as convenient and enjoyable as possible. We use the most superior technology in dentistry, resulting in faster, more precise and comfortable treatments.

In addition to sedation dentistry, our warm, friendly practice also offers luxurious heated massage chairs, to provide patients with an extra level of calmness. In other words, Gooch Family Dental will do everything we can to make you and your family feel welcomed and relaxed.

So don't be scared of the dentist chair. Contact us for a consultation today by using our stress-free online form. Or you can just give us a call anytime. We promise to go above and beyond your dental experience needs and expectations. 

(205) 991-9892

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Dr. Gooch looks forward to discussing how sedation dentistry can improve your experience.

Our Birmingham, Alabama, Practice Gets 5-Stars "My visit is AWESOME each time."

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Briton Bradley

2020

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I am the quintessential terrified-of-the-dentist person. I arrived at the office in tears from the anxiety. As embarrassing as that was, the entire staff was gracious and patient. We took time to develop a plan that would help me feel comfortable getting much-needed work done that I had procrastinated on due to fear. The combination of their professionalism, education, and amenities for comfort (I used nitrous and did very well), made the experience actually pleasant. I really cannot recommend them enough if a phobia of the dentist if you’re issue. I look forward to working with them again.

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Randy Powell

2020

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I work for a luxury retail company and I can say, without hesitation, that Dr. Gooch and his staff are as good as any company I have ever engaged at providing stellar customer service. From the initial greeting to the "See you next time", the genuine friendliness and professionalism are top notch. Moreover, the quality of their work is excellent. I had both a routine cleaning and some minor dental work done and each procedure was very well-done. Even the small filling repair was painless and fast. I highly recommend Dr. Gooch and his team. They are fantastic at what they do.

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Does Sedation Cost Extra?

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Sedation adds around $400 to the final cost of your procedure, but the ability to receive treatment while deeply relaxed is worth every penny. Our knowledgeable staff will be happy to check if your insurance will cover some of the cost. 

We Offer Financing For Your Convenience

Fear of pain and fear of cost are often the two biggest barriers for patients seeking dental treatment. Our Birmingham team can help you tackle them both.

In addition to offering sedation dentistry, we also provide financing options. Gooch Family Dental features a money-saving in-house membership plan, should out-of-pocket payments be a concern. We also accept financing through CareCredit®

Finally, if you're ever on the go, we have a payment portal for easy transactions. That way, you don't have to take time out of your busy schedule to visit us about a bill.

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Please Know... 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, the Gooch Family Dental team is committed to ensuring your complete comfort in a relaxing environment. We truly offer a different kind of dentistry.

Our Patients Love Our Comfortable Treatment

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Briton Bradley

2020

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I am the quintessential terrified-of-the-dentist person. I arrived at the office in tears from the anxiety. As embarrassing as that was, the entire staff was gracious and patient. We took time to develop a plan that would help me feel comfortable getting much-needed work done that I had procrastinated on due to fear. The combination of their professionalism, education, and amenities for comfort (I used nitrous and did very well), made the experience actually pleasant. I really cannot recommend them enough if a phobia of the dentist if you’re issue. I look forward to working with them again.

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Randy Powell

2020

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I work for a luxury retail company and I can say, without hesitation, that Dr. Gooch and his staff are as good as any company I have ever engaged at providing stellar customer service. From the initial greeting to the "See you next time", the genuine friendliness and professionalism are top notch. Moreover, the quality of their work is excellent. I had both a routine cleaning and some minor dental work done and each procedure was very well-done. Even the small filling repair was painless and fast. I highly recommend Dr. Gooch and his team. They are fantastic at what they do.

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Gooch Family Dental

Gooch Family Dental

Gooch Family Dental is dedicated to providing convenient, comprehensive dentistry to the community in Birmingham, AL. We take advantage of the latest dental technology to streamline treatment, and deliver fast, beautiful results. Our proud affiliations include:

  • The American Dental Association
  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • Birmingham District Dental Society
  • The Alabama Dental Association

You can learn more about our services, and schedule an appointment today by filling out our online form, or by calling (205) 991-9892.

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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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