Sedation Dentistry in Cary
We understand that for millions of adults, visiting the dentist can be an overwhelming or frightening experience due to dental anxiety. This common condition typically starts with a negative experience or becoming fearful of the general idea of dentistry. While common, you do not have to be concerned about visiting our office because we work to ensure your comfort the entire time.
When you schedule an appointment with us, let us know if you have dental anxiety so that we can prepare for your visit accordingly. With your comfort in mind, we often prescribe an oral sedative or laughing gas that can be administered before the appointment to help you relax.
While this is not a pain killer, it eases the fear and relaxes the body so that you can remain peaceful while having teeth cleaned or dental work performed. While the dosage is different, laughing gas can be used on both children and adults so that all of our patients can remain comfortable.
- Nitrous Oxide
In many cases, our patients simply need to relax and prefer to use nitrous oxide (laughing gas) to do so. It is quick, effective, and wears off when the procedure is finished without impairing any other bodily functions. Some patients use this to relax when getting their teeth cleaned since no actual pain is associated with the treatment.
When a cavity is being treated or other minor dental work performed, patients may prefer to use a combination of laughing gas and localized pain medication. After numbing the gums’ surface, we can inject pain medication that numbs the area that is being worked on.
This is a useful tool to prevent and eliminate any discomfort. We can administer as much medication as necessary throughout the treatment, and only that specific area will remain numb. The benefit of this type of sedation is how localized it is. For example, if a cavity is treated on one side of the mouth, the other side will remain fully functional. This way, you can eat immediately after the treatment while the numbing effect wears off the other side.
- IV sedation
If a more intensive procedure is required, patients may prefer IV medication for a more thorough effect. When sedation is administered through this means, the numbing effect is more pervasive and not confined to that one specific area of the mouth.
It is incredibly effective, and we find that many of our patients request this type of medication because they want to ensure that they do not feel anything while having dental work performed. The effect can still wear off fairly quickly after the treatment is over, but we do recommend having a friend or family member drive you home just in case.
- Total Sedation
For those needing oral surgery, total sedation may be necessary or preferable. It is often referred to as sleep dentistry because the patient that is put to sleep will not remember anything from the procedure. We find that this is an excellent solution when a patient is getting a full smile makeover, if most teeth are being worked on, or the procedure will take a significant amount of time.
Sometimes it may be difficult to hold still during your procedure, especially if it lasts longer than an hour or two. Going to sleep is a much better option because your body will naturally remain still, you will feel comfortable and not remember what took place during the treatment. We will monitor you carefully during the treatment and afterward to ensure that the anesthesia wears off as it should. You will also need to have someone drive you home.
At Charles Ashley Mann, DDS & Associates, we will take the time to get to know you and understand your concerns before making a formal recommendation regarding the type of sedation dentistry that you should consider.
We will also need to know if you have any other health issues, risks or are allergic to anything.
Still, if you have questions or concerns, be sure to discuss them with us. With any type of dental work, it is important to be well informed and make a decision that you feel is best for your health and your goals. We want you to feel empowered and understand everything that is happening at all times.
Thanks to modern technology, if you are anxious about having dental work done or visiting the dentist in general, you no longer have to be. As a sedation dentist, we can ensure that your experience will be a positive one. Call us for more information or to get started!