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, oral conscious, and Intravenous (IV) 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, oral conscious, and Intravenous(IV) 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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Did you know?

Dental sedation has helped increase access to dental care for individuals who would otherwise avoid treatment.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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

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 and IV sedation 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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