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Sedation Dentistry

Are you nervous about periodontal or dental care?

At Atlanta West Periodontics & Dental Implants in Lithia Springs, GA, anxious patients can take advantage of sedation dentistry.

If you are interested in using sedation during your upcoming periodontal procedure, contact our office today...

Our Sedation Options

Patients of our practice serving Lithia Springs, Douglasville, and Mableton, GA, can choose one of two forms of sedation:

Oral Conscious Sedation

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If you choose oral sedation, Dr. Cheryl Cushman will give you a prescription for sedative medication. These sedatives can relieve anxiety while allowing you to remain fully conscious. Oral sedation will help you enter a twilight state that allows you to communicate with us during your visit, but you will remember little if any of your procedure. We will usually ask you to take one dose at home before your appointment and another once you arrive at our office. These medications do not provide pain relief, so a local anesthetic is also administered. You will require a ride to and from our office when taking these anti-anxiety drugs.

Nitrous Oxide

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Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, is commonly used in dentistry to help patients relax during treatment. Nitrous oxide is a colorless gas that is administered through a mask placed over the nose. As you inhale the gas, your anxiety will decrease and you will feel more comfortable. Nitrous oxide takes effect quickly and wears off quickly, so Dr. Cushman can easily adjust your sedation level during your appointment, and many patients are able to drive themselves home after treatment. We will administer a local anesthetic in combination with nitrous oxide in order to eliminate pain and discomfort.

Who Chooses Sedation Dentistry?

Anxious Patients

Dental anxiety and dental phobia are real issues that affect millions of Americans. You have nothing to be ashamed of if you have misgivings about dentists or dentistry. At our Lithia Springs office, we recommend that patients who are nervous about their upcoming procedure take advantage of dental sedation.

Restless Patients

More involved periodontal procedures can take an hour or longer, and some adults just aren't able to sit still for that long. If you'll get antsy after sitting in a dental chair for an extended period of time, consider sedation dentistry, which can help you achieve a calm, relaxed state of mind.

Sensitive Patients

Some patients have extra sensitive teeth and gums, while others have overactive gag reflexes. If you are especially prone to discomfort during dental treatment, sedation dentistry can calm your nerves and dull your senses. We'll also use local anesthesia to keep you as comfortable as possible.

Let's Talk about Sedation Contact Us Today

Has your dentist recommended that you see a periodontist for dental implant surgery, a deep gum cleaning, or some other treatment? You should choose a practice that prioritizes patient comfort and caters to patients with dental phobias. You should schedule a consultation with Dr. Cheryl Cushman at Atlanta West Periodontics & Dental Implants.

During your initial consultation with our dental specialist, Dr. Cushman will explain your upcoming procedure in detail and recommend the appropriate sedation method for you. 

Men and women from Lithia Springs, Douglasville, Mableton, and all over greater Atlanta can request a consultation with our team by contacting us online or giving us a call.

Call Us: (770) 739-5097

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Hear from Our Patients


Lisa Beal


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Have been going to this office for a few years now and I can still say that Dr. Cushman and her staff (Penny, Tabitha) remain caring and professional.  Thanks again for all you do!

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Gail Wilson


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Dr. Cushman and her staff are stellar. They are personable, professional and thorough. I would recommend this dental office to anyone.

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Beyond Sedation Dentistry Other Amenities for Your Comfort

The all-female team at Atlanta West Periodontics & Dental Implants is committed to empathetic care and to making every patient feel as comfortable and valued as possible. In addition to safe and effective sedation dentistry, we have taken other steps to ensure that your advanced dental procedure is as pleasant and non-intimidating as possible:

  • We'll provide sound-canceling headphones during your treatment so you can listen to your favorite music.
  • We have attached Tempur-Pedic® mattress material to all of our dental chairs.
  • We'll also provide you with a warm blanket and a scented eye mask.
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Paying for Sedation Dentistry

Sedation will increase the overall cost of your periodontal procedure. If you are concerned about the cost of advanced dental care at our practice, you can rest assured that we will do everything we can to help you afford your much-needed treatment.

First, we will review your dental insurance with you and help you take advantage of every available benefit.

Next, for any out-of-pocket costs, we can help you secure financing through LendingClub® and CareCredit®. These reputable lenders allow qualifying patients to pay for dentistry through low-interest or no-interest payment plans.

"Amazing, Sensitive, and Caring"

"Dr. Cushman and staff are amazing, sensitive and caring. I've been their client for over 5 years and wouldn't dream of going anywhere else for my periodontal treatments."
Shavonne Herr, 5-Star Google Review

Sedation Dentistry FAQs

Does sedation really work?

Yes! More and more dentists and dental specialists are offering sedation to their patients because it helps patients feel more comfortable and allows dentists complete procedures more efficiently. 

Do I need to find a driver?

If you choose oral sedation, you will need a friend or family member to drive you to and from your appointment. Nitrous oxide, on the other hand, wears off more quickly, so it is possible that you'll be able to drive yourself home after your procedure.

Will I lose consciousness under sedation?

At Atlanta West Periodontics & Dental Implants in Lithia Springs, we only use conscious sedation methods. You will not be completely knocked out. Instead, you will be in a calm, relaxed state. You will still be able to follow instructions and answer questions, but you will most likely not remember anything about your procedure.

Dr. Cheryl L. Cushman

Atlanta West Periodontics & Dental Implants

Dr. Cheryl L. Cushman and her team are dedicated to offering state-of-the-art care while prioritizing patient comfort. Dr. Cushman is affiliated with several prestigious organizations:

  • The American Academy of Periodontology
  • The Georgia Society of Periodontists - President 2004-2006
  • The Southern Academy of Periodontology
  • The American Dental Association
  • The Georgia Dental Association
  • The Northwestern District Dental Society
  • The Hinman Dental Society

To schedule an appointment, contact our practice online or call (770) 739-5097.

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