Is dental fear or anxiety keeping you away from the dentist? Sedation dentistry in Charlotte, NC is a simple way to have a pain-free and stress-free visit to the dentist. Minor or complex dental concerns can be addressed in our dentist office with dental sedation options. These options can be used for all types of patients.
Sedation Dentistry in Charlotte, NC
Sedation can be a great option for patients who:
- Suffer from dental fear or anxiety
- Have sensitive teeth
- Have a strong gag reflex
- Need multiple surgery treatments
- Have a past trauma experienced at the dentist
- Have a movement disorder that makes it hard to sit still for long periods of time
Sedation dentistry often uses nitrous oxide or oral sedation to keep patients calm and stress-free during procedures. Nitrous oxide is a great option for patients who are afraid of needles. A nasal mask is used to administer nitrous oxide, and the effect of the “laughing gas” diminishes when the mask is removed. Oral sedation, administered in pill form, keeps patients relaxed but aware through their dental treatment. Patients will need someone to transport them to and from the office when this method is used.
There are multiple benefits of sedation dentistry that help both patients and dentists. Sedation dentistry:
- Relieves anxiety
- Is pain-free
- Allows dentists to work faster
- Reduces the gag reflex
Sedation Dentistry FAQs
Want to know more about sedation dentistry? Learn the answers to frequently asked questions about sedation dentistry below:
Is dental sedation safe?
Yes, dental sedation poses no harm to patients. Prior to sedation, Dr. Reece will conduct a thorough examination to make sure you’re physically and medically fit to receive sedation options.
How long do the effects of oral sedation last?
Oral sedation should last patients from two to eight hours. It’s important that oral sedation be taken prior to your appointment so that it has time to kick in. You’ll need a ride to and from the appointment to ensure safety.
What does oral sedation feel like?
You experience a calming effect and may feel drowsiness or tingling sensations. Oral sedation is painless since sedation and anesthetic are used. While oral sedation isn’t designed to completely put you to sleep, you may be relaxed enough that you do fall asleep. Oral sedation sometimes produces an amnestic effect as well. There may be portions of the procedure that you don’t remember, or you may not be able to recall any of it.
Is sedation safe for children?
Sedation is used for children only when necessary. As with adult patients, a full examination will be done to ensure sedation won’t interfere with the health of the child. General anesthesia may be used so the child can be asleep during the procedure.
Schedule a Dental Exam with our Dentist in Charlotte, NC
Do dental procedures make you nervous? Combat your dental anxiety once and for all. Call Dentistry of the Queen City’s Charlotte, NC office at 704.486.8911. You can also request a consultation online. Our friendly staff will be happy to help you find a method of dental sedation that you are comfortable with.