Oral Sedation

Dental Anesthesia Chapel Hill, Durham NC

Imagine not being afraid to go to the dentist. Imagine being able to accomplish all your dental care in as little as one appointment. This is what Sedation Dentistry can do for you.

It allows you to comfortably undergo everything from a simple cleaning to extensive concerns. 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 a decrease of necessary visits. The medicine itself enhances the effectiveness of the anesthetic, decreases gagging and decreases 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 of your teeth

There are many reasons why you might be uncomfortable with going to the dentist, but we don’t want any reason to hinder you getting the smile that you deserve. Whether you are uncomfortable with the noises, sights and sounds associated with dentistry or even have a sensitive gag reflex, sedation dentistry can help you become more comfortable during routine cleanings or more complex procedures. Sedation dentistry utilizes a medication that has an amnesic affect so that you are relaxed, at ease, and will likely not 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 to smile with confidence. If you’ve been putting off years of dental work, contact us to learn how sedation dentistry can change your life.