Sedation dental treatment can be a great option for patients who suffer from dental fear or anxiety, have a strong gag reflex, or have sensitive teeth. Patients with past traumatic experiences at the dentist or need multiple surgery treatments. Your dentist in Hendersonville, NC, Dr. Jessica Christy, provides patients with sedation dentistry solutions at Orchard Hill Dental. Our sedation options are a solution for patients with anxiety about one of the restorative, cosmetic, or general dentistry services we provide.
Sedation Dentistry at Orchard Hill Dental
This type of dental care can offer many benefits to patients who want to feel relaxed during treatment. Sedation dentistry:
- Can provide pain-free dental care
- Allows dentists to work faster
- Reduces the gag reflex
- Can provide anxiety-relief
- Can cause anterograde amnesia (the patient doesn’t remember the surgery)
Sedation dentistry can also benefit patients with the following conditions:
- Patients with dental fear or anxiety
- Those with a poor gag reflex
- Patients with a low tolerance for pain
- Those who need multiple dental treatments in one visit
- Patients with disabilities or movement disorder
- Those who have a phobia of needles, blood, or loud noises
- Special needs patients
Sedation Dentistry Options in Hendersonville
We offer multiple methods of sedation at Orchard Hill Dental to help patients get the treatment they need. Before treatment, Dr. Christy will discuss your options with you beforehand so you can collaborate on a decision that will work best for your particular needs. Dr. Christy and her dental team will also take your budget, goals, and overall oral health into consideration before deciding on a treatment. We offer anesthesia and IV conscious sedation to patients. Learn more below.
IV conscious sedation: This type of sedation is administered by IV directly into the bloodstream. Patients may even feel so relaxed with this type of sedation that they fall asleep. However, patients can also remain conscious during treatment but will not remember the procedure.
General anesthesia: Anesthesia is designed to allow patients to sleep during their treatment. Using this sedation method, patients do not remember anything that happens when they are unconscious. If you choose this form of sedation you will need a driver to take you to and from your appointment.
Dental Sedation FAQs
What should you not do before being sedated?
Before dental sedation it is very important that patients do not eat or drink anything for 8 hours prior to their appointment. It is okay to drink water up until 2 hours before your appointment but all other foods and drinks must be avoided. It is crucial that your stomach is empty for sedation to work.
How long does dental sedation take to wear off?
Patients should allow 24 hours for full effects of dental sedation to wear off, but most patients start to feel back to normal after 6-8 hours. It is normal to feel drowsy or loopy while sedation wears off.
Will I feel any pain with dental sedation?
Patients will feel zero pain while they are sedated. Sedation is used to keep patients comfortable and pain free during their procedure.
Can you drive after sedation?
Patients should not drive after sedation. After sedation you are impaired and are not capable of operating a motor vehicle. We recommend having a family member or friend drive you to and from your appointment.
What kind of sedation is used for tooth extraction?
Nitrous oxide is the most commonly used sedative in dental procedures. Dentists mix nitrous oxide with oxygen to keep patients sedated for operations.
Call her Hendersonville, NC dental office at (828) 247-7001, or schedule an appointment online if you think you will benefit from sedation dentistry.