Dental Sedation in
Morganton, NC

Dental anxiety is real, and you’re not alone. Plenty of patients feel nervous about getting the care they need. That’s why we offer a variety of sedation options to keep your experience soothing, painless, and stress-free.

Dental Sedation in Morganton, NC

How Does Sedation Dentistry Work?

Sedation dentistry focuses on keeping patients calm and relaxed during dental procedures. It involves administering sedatives using various techniques to keep you at ease. The most popular sedation techniques include laughing gas, and oral conscious sedation. The type and amount of sedation the dentist administers depends on the procedure in question, your health, age, and the complexity and length of the procedure. Sedation is mostly used in combination with anesthesia for the best results.

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Nitrous Oxide Sedation

Our nitrous oxide sedation process is designed to ensure patients feel comfortable and at ease regardless of their age and the dental procedure they’re slated for. One of our dentists or anesthesiologists will fit a mask over your nose and mouth before turning on the laughing gas supply. Inhaling the gas will make you feel light-headed, tingly, and giggly, while the dentist administers treatment.

What to Expect During Dental Sedation

Evaluation and Preparation

The dentist will first review your medical records to learn about any underlying conditions you suffer from and what medication you’re currently on. Patients with certain neurological disorders and other health conditions may not qualify for certain types of sedation. However, if you get the green light, the dentist will prepare you for the sedation by providing instructions on what to avoid before the sedation.

Sedation Administration and Monitoring

The dentist will select the most suitable sedation technique and administer it as per the standard procedure. The sedation techniques include laughing gas, and oral conscious sedation. During sedation, we’ll keep a keen eye on your blood pressure, heart rate, breathing rate, and other vitals and stop the sedation should we notice anything unusual.

Recovery and Post-Sedation Care

Recovery takes a few minutes to forty-eight hours, depending on the sedation type and dosage administered. While recovering, avoid using heavy or automated machinery or driving yourself anywhere.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Check out these frequently asked questions, or call us to speak with our team.

How can I prepare for sedation dentistry at Refine Dental?

Preparing for sedation dentistry at Refine Dental is a straightforward process, and our team will guide you through every step to ensure your safety and comfort.

Once Dr. Fiza has determined that sedation dentistry is the right choice for you, he will provide detailed instructions on how to prepare for your appointment. This may include instructions to refrain from eating or drinking for a certain period before your procedure, as well as arranging for someone to drive you home afterward.

It's also important to inform us of any medications you are currently taking or any changes in your health, as these factors can impact the type and dosage of sedation used. Our team will work closely with you to address any questions or concerns you may have, ensuring that you feel fully informed and confident throughout the process.

Who can benefit from sedation dentistry?

Sedation dentistry can be beneficial for a wide range of patients, from those with dental anxiety or phobia to those who need to undergo more complex or lengthy procedures.

Patients who have had traumatic dental experiences in the past or who have a strong fear or discomfort with the sights, sounds, and sensations of dental treatment can greatly benefit from the relaxation and pain relief provided by sedation dentistry. This can help them overcome their anxiety and receive the necessary dental care without the stress and discomfort they may have experienced in the past.

Sedation dentistry is also helpful for patients who have difficulty sitting still for long periods, have a sensitive gag reflex, or have difficulty becoming numb from local anesthetics. By providing a deeper level of relaxation and pain relief, sedation dentistry can make these patients more comfortable and cooperative during their appointments.

Is sedation dentistry safe?

At Refine Dental, patient safety is our top priority, and we take great care to ensure that sedation dentistry is a safe and effective option for our patients.

Before recommending any form of sedation, Dr. Fiza will conduct a thorough review of your medical history and current health status to determine if sedation is appropriate for you. We also follow strict protocols and guidelines to monitor patients closely throughout the procedure, adjusting the levels of sedation as needed to maintain their safety and comfort.

It's important to note that while sedation dentistry is generally considered safe when administered by a trained and experienced dental team, it may not be suitable for everyone. Patients with certain medical conditions or who are taking certain medications may not be eligible for sedation. We encourage you to discuss any concerns or health issues with us so that we can work together to provide the safest and most effective dental care.

What is sedation dentistry and how does it work?

Sedation dentistry, also known as "sleep dentistry," refers to the use of sedative medications to help patients relax and feel more comfortable during dental procedures.

One of the most common sedation options is nitrous oxide, or "laughing gas," which is administered through a small mask that fits over the nose. Nitrous oxide induces a state of deep relaxation and can even create a mild euphoric feeling, allowing patients to undergo treatment with minimal discomfort.

Our team at Refine Dental is highly trained and experienced in administering sedation safely and effectively, ensuring our patients' comfort and well-being throughout the entire process.

How Much Does Sedation Cost?

The cost of dental sedation depends on the type of sedation and the dental clinic in question. Minimal sedation is billed with the rest of the procedure, but complex sedation is billed separately. Fortunately, most dental insurance companies cover all types of sedation, at least in part.

Can Children Undergo Dental Sedation?

Yes, children can undergo dental sedation, but usually only laughing gas sedation. In fact, sedation is immensely beneficial for children since about 20% of school-aged children are scared of the dentist. Dental sedation eliminates dental anxiety and phobia in children for seamless dental procedures and a pleasurable dental experience.

Oral conscious may be unnecessary for children unless they’re scheduled for long and complex procedures. The strength of sedation may be too much for their tiny frames. However, laughing gas suffices as a safe and effective sedation technique for kids.

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