Am I a Candidate for Sedation Dentistry?

Brunette woman at the dentist in Indian Trail, NC, is relaxed because of dental sedation, aka sedation dentistry

Most people don’t put visiting the dentist high on their list of favorite things to do. But, knowing the importance of oral care, they tolerate it. However, some patients are crippled with dental anxiety or phobia, enough that they’ll avoid visiting the dentist. That’s where sedation dentistry comes in.

Who Does Sedation Dentistry Help?

If you experience anxiety over seeing the dentist, sedation dentistry might be a great fit for you. It’s safe and effective, and helps people who avoid their dentist visits due to fear or anxiety. Sedation can be used for all sorts of procedures, such as routine cleanings and checkups, to more complex procedures, like tooth-colored fillings and dental implants.

Our Dental Sedation Options

We offer a few different types of sedation dentistry here at our practice:

Nitrous oxide is a mild form of sedation that’s commonly known as “laughing gas.” This is a sweet-smelling gas you breathe in through a mask placed over your nose. While it doesn’t put you to sleep, the gas will make you feel relaxed and at ease. Your limbs may feel a bit heavy and you may get a little drowsy. However, its effects wear off immediately once the mask is removed.

If you and Dr. Ernst decide that you need something a little bit stronger, we also offer oral conscious sedation. Administered via a prescribed pill before your appointment, oral conscious sedation will leave you feeling drowsy and relaxed during your treatment. You may remember some of the procedure, but the medication will help you feel less apprehensive. With this type of sedation, you'll need someone to bring you to your appointment and drive you home.

Sedation Dentistry in Indian Trail

It’s vital for your oral health that you keep up with regular checkups at the dentist. At these visits, we can check your mouth for issue like cavities, gum disease, and oral cancer, so we can initiate early intervention. For many patients, dental sedation is a key part of allowing this process to occur. So if you're ready to face your fears, drop us a line to learn more about our sedation options!

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