Carolina Center for Comprehensive Dentistry provides comfortable, patient-centered dental care to all patients. The level of comfort differs for everyone. For our patients whose fear and discomfort prevents them from regular check-ups and treatments, we offer sedation dentistry, also called sleep dentistry.
What is sedation?
Sedation is the use of sedative drugs to achieve a relaxed and easy state. At our office we provide oral sedation dentistry, or the use of oral sedative medications, to create a comfortable experience so that you can receive the treatments you need without fear or anxiety. This technique is easy and needle-free, and you will leave our office with little or no memory of your treatment.
What happens if I choose sedation?
If you opt for sedation dentistry treatments, we will prescribe an oral (pill) sedative that you take one hour before your appointment. The pill will put you in a state of conscious sedation. You will need to have a driver to escort you to and from your appointment, because this medication will make you very drowsy.
A state of conscious sedation means that you will maintain consciousness during your treatment. You will be in a state of conscious sedation for safety and cooperation during your treatments. While sedation will usually raise your pain threshold many treatments will still require local anesthesia injections to block pain. However, in your sedated state, the injection will not bother you, and you probably won’t remember it.
Who should consider sedation dentistry?
- Anyone who has fear and anxiety about dental treatment of any kind.
- Anyone who has put off dental care for years because of dental anxieties.
- Anyone who wants to have all their dental care completed in one or two visits.
- Anyone who wants to be treated in a relaxed, caring, and comfortable environment.
If fear or anxiety has been keeping you from a beautiful smile and optimal health, talk to us about sedation.