Is dental fear or anxiety keeping you away from the dentist? Sedation dentistry is a simple way to have a pain-free and stress-free visit to the dentist. Minor or complex dental concerns can be addressed with sedation and it can be used for all types of patients.
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
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 treatment. Patients will need someone to transport them to and from the office when this method is used.
Benefits of Sedation Dentistry
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.
How long do the effects of oral sedation last?
Oral sedation should last patients from two to eight hours.
What does oral sedation feel like?
You may experience a calming effect and may feel drowsiness or tingling sensations. Oral sedation is painless since sedation and anesthetic are used.
Is sedation safe for children?
Sedation is used for children only when necessary. General anesthesia may be used so the child can be asleep during the procedure.
Schedule an Appointment
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. Our friendly staff will be happy to help you find a method of sedation that you are comfortable with.