If you or a loved one have dental anxiety, ask us about your dental sedation options. Dental sedation in the form of nitrous oxide, IV sedation, and oral conscious sedation helps relax patients for their dental procedures. They also provide pain-free and comfortable care. Dr. Adam Carraway offers sedation dentistry as a general dental solution to his patients in his Greer, SC dental office.
Using sedation dentistry, Dr. Carraway helps his patients receive care that they may have put off due to dental fear or anxiety. He understands that some patients may have a fear of loud noises, dental tools, or the dental office itself. Dr. Carraway is a gentle and kind dentist who educates patients on every aspect of their treatment. He talks through any concerns that patients have and can find simple solutions that prioritize patient comfort.
Common Forms of Dental Sedation
Dental sedation can be used for patients who require more complex or lengthier procedures. Sedation also benefits those with dental fear, anxiety, or special needs. The most common types of sedation used in a dental office are:
- Nitrous Oxide: Also known as “laughing gas”, nitrous oxide is administered through a mask placed over the mouth and nose. It only takes moments for the nitrous oxide to cause patients to feel calm, relaxed, and sometimes giggly. The nitrous oxide also wears off quickly, so patients can drive themselves to and from their appointments.
- Oral Conscious Sedation: Taken as a pill about 30 to 60 minutes before a dental procedure, oral conscious sedation allows patients to be conscious during treatment. However, although patients are conscious, they do not remember their procedure.
- IV Sedation: Intravenous sedation delivers anti-anxiety medication through an IV and into the bloodstream. Some patients may fall asleep under IV sedation or remain unconscious during treatment. Patients are fully relaxed under this type of sedation.
Who Benefits From Sedation Dentistry?
Typically, sedation dentistry is known most as a treatment for patients with dental fear or anxiety. These patients often forgo regular dental care because they’re scared to come into the office regularly. Sedation allows them to get the care they need. Whether the fear is of a specific noise or of the office in general, sedation helps. Patients with dental fear can get regular care, or sit through more extensive procedures if their avoidance of dental care has taken its toll.
But patients with dental fear aren’t the only ones that benefit from sedation. Some patients have movement disorders that make it hard to get safe care. Involuntary movements risk harm to the patients and make it difficult for the dentist to do their job. Sedation relaxes these movements so that you can get the care you need. Nitrous oxide can even be used for children that need to sit still for a longer procedure.
Patients with severe gag reflexes may avoid the dentist as well. It’s hard to get dental care when your body is fighting the process. Sedation relaxes this reflex. Sedation also benefits patients that need to get extensive dental work or multiple procedures. You stay calm throughout the procedures and allow the dentist more freedom to work.
Request a Dental Consultation Today
Do you want to learn more about dental sedation? Feel free to ask Dr. Carraway any of your questions about sedation at your next appointment. Schedule a dental consultation with Dr. Carraway online or call his office at 864.383.9711.