Oral Sedation

Dental Anesthesia Chapel Hill, NC

Imagine being anxiety-free when you are going to the dentist. Being able to accomplish all your dental care in as little as one appointment. This is what Sedation Dentistry can do for you.

This type of dentistry allows you to comfortably undergo everything from a simple cleaning to extensive procedures, pain-free. One of the additional benefits is that the medicine has an amnesia quality, which for most patients, tends to prevent almost any memory of the visit. The Sedation also allows for most treatments to be provided in a shorter time which often results in minimal necessary visits. The medicine itself enhances the effectiveness of the anesthetic, decreases gagging and eases joint and muscle soreness so that you are as comfortable as possible.

Oral Sedation Dentistry protocols have been used safely for over 30 years with millions of dental procedures. Before starting any treatments, your doctor will review your medical history and explain how Sedation Dentistry can work for you. During treatment, we constantly monitor each patient with a computerized pulse oximeter, which measures heart rate, blood pressure and oxygen saturation. We also have a reversal agent on hand that reverses the effect of the medicine in less than 30 seconds. There are many good candidates for the procedure but we like to limit its use to adults.

If you experience any of the following and are an otherwise healthy adult, you are likely a great candidate for Sedation Dentistry:

  • Fear of visiting the dentist
  • Experienced past traumatic dental work
  • Difficulty getting numb
  • A sensitive gag reflex
  • Very sensitive teeth
  • Limited time to complete your dental care
  • Complex dental problems
  • Have a fear of needles
  • Have a fear of sights and sounds associated with dental care
  • Are afraid and embarrassed by your teeth/smile

There are many reasons you might be tense about going to the dentist,  there should not be any hindrances to achieve the smile that you deserve. Whether you are uncomfortable with the noises, sights and sounds associated with dentistry or have a sensitive gag reflex, sedation dentistry can help you become more relaxed during routine cleanings or more complex procedures. Sedation dentistry utilizes a medication that has an amnesic effect so that you are at ease, you will not likely remember your procedure. Best of all, it allows us to work quickly and more efficiently, decreasing your time at the dentist and also decreasing any muscle or joint soreness that can occur with dental visits.

We want you to be able to chew your food without pain and smile with confidence. If you’ve been putting off getting dental work done, contact us to learn how sedation dentistry can change your life.