Sedation Dentistry

Sedation Dentistry

Are you anxious about dental treatment?

We have many different options for treating dental anxiety in our practice. Talk to us about your specific dental fears and we will help you decide what sedation option is best for you. We have three types of options: Inhalation Sedation, Oral Sedation, and IV Sedation. As a side note, we have found that a large majority of our patients who needed sedation dentistry when they first started with us, no longer need it after they have gotten to know us and trust us with their care. We take great measures to put our patients at ease and make every visit as painless as possible.

What is Inhalation Sedation?

Nitrous, or more commonly known as laughing gas, is simply a gas that you can breathe in while having dental work. It’s effects are fast acting and don’t leave you with a “hang over” effect. Nitrous decreases pain and induces a light headed euphoric feeling. This is a popular option for patients due to its effectiveness, minimal side effects, and the ability to drive oneself home after treatment.

What is Oral Sedation?

We can prescribe a Benzodiazepine to reduce anxiety before your dental treatment. You are awake during the treatment, but the medication makes you feel more at ease and calm. If taking Benzodiazepines for dental treatment, you must have a responsible person escort you to and from your appointments.

What is IV Sedation?

Intravenous Conscious Sedation is when an anti-anxiety drug is administered into the blood stream during your dental treatment. The patient remains conscious during their dental treatment and are able to understand and respond to simple requests from the dentist. IV Sedation is administered through a very small needle on your hand or arm. It puts you in a state of deep relaxation and a feeling of not being bothered by what’s going on. Afterward it is common to not remember anything about the unpleasant dental treatment thanks to the medicine’s amnesia producing side effects. It is mandatory to have a responsible person escort you to and from your appointments.

Who does the IV Sedation?

We have partnered with Asheville Anesthesiology to provide our anxious patients with IV Sedation in our office. If you are interested to learn more about this service please ask us during your next visit.