Unfortunately, many individuals are not too fond of dental appointments or procedures. Instead, aversions that reach back into the childhood years cause stress and uneasiness. At Six Forks Smiles, we understand this prevalent fear, and consequently aim to make your dental experience as comfortable and relaxed as possible. To help reverse the effects of anxiety, fear, or discomfort during a dental procedure, we offer Sedation Dentistry as a safe, effective, and comfortable solution.
What is Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation Dentistry occurs when a customized dose of sedatives is given to a patient prior to their dental procedure to relax and calm them. It allows them to get the care they need while remaining calm, relaxed and at ease. In addition, sedation dentistry allows us to work more quickly and effectively, as the patient is then relaxed and comfortable rather than fidgety and agitated. The patient is also usually not able to recall the details of the dental procedure, meaning that they will have less anxiety upon visiting the dentist again.
Our Raleigh Sedation Dentists are equipped to provide you with a sedation medication that is perfectly customized to fit your needs. So, even if you have a unique medical condition, you are still eligible for sedation dentistry. We have a number of medications in office that are specifically developed for such cases, all of which have undergone rigorous research and testing. Our sedation dentists follow the DOCS (Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation) protocol for sedation treatment. Due to the nature of sedation dentistry, we at Six Forks Smiles recommend that you have someone drive you to and from your appointment.
We offer the following types of sedation dentistry:
IV sedation, which is commonly referred to as ‘sleep dentistry,’ is fast acting and relaxing, making patients feel completely at ease. It puts patients in a highly-relaxed, sleep-like state and is recommended for those with a strong aversion to the dentist. This intravenous procedure allows the dentist to provide personalized and individualized levels of comfort during your dental procedure.
Laughing gas is the most commonly used type of sedation dentistry. It is administered through a nasal mask and helps patients feel very relaxed throughout their procedure. Fortunately, the effects immediately begin to wear off once the mask is removed, meaning normal activities can quickly be resumed.
Oral sedation involves a prescription taken by mouth to help patients easily sleep throughout a dental procedure. Depending on the type of prescription, the patient may simply feel extremely drowsy or fall into a deep or moderate sleep.
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When it comes to your teeth, you want someone you can trust. Dr. Rebecca Schmorr is a board certified,