Sedation Dentistry in Greenville, SC
Sedation dentistry enables patients that are extremely fearful or anxious of dental treatment to experience a stress-free appointment at Willoughby Dental. By administering special medications, Dr. Matthew Warner can put patients into a state of deep relaxation, where they feel no pain and have little to no recollection of treatment. This is a great option for patients that have avoided or postponed necessary dental care out of fear or anxiety, as well as for those that need extensive dental work performed in a single appointment.
Who Can Benefit from Sedation Dentistry?
If you experience any of the following symptoms, you may find sedation dentistry to your advantage:
- increased level of fear or anxiety about dental treatment
- previously traumatic dental visits
- difficulty becoming numb from Novocaine
- overactive gag reflex
- extremely sensitive teeth
- sensitivity to the smells or sights of a dental office
- complex dental problems
- fear of needles
- aversion to loud noises often associated with dental treatment
- complications of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) that make it difficult to open the mouth for an extended period of time
If you feel you are a prime candidate for sedation dentistry, Dr. Warner will talk with you about your options. He will review your medical and health history, as well as your current medications, to rule out any condition or medication that would cause complications. Then, Dr. Warner will recommend the option he feels is best suited to you.
Sedation Option #1: Nitrous Oxide
The first way to undergo sedation is by inhaling nitrous oxide gas, also known as “laughing gas.” A mask will be placed over your nose and you can breathe normally. You should start to relax almost immediately and will not feel any pain as Dr. Warner completes your treatment. Local anesthetic may also be provided to prevent any pain or discomfort. You will be able to respond to verbal cues as you inhale the nitrous oxide. Once the mask is removed, the effects will wear off immediately. You should have little to no recollection of your treatment.
Sedation Option #2: Oral Conscious Sedation
The second sedation method is administered by an oral pill. You will receive a prescription and take the pill a few hours prior to your treatment. You will relax and may feel drowsy from the pill, and will not be able to operate a motor vehicle, so someone needs to drive you to and from your appointment.
Thanks to the effects of the medication, you won’t feel any pain or discomfort during treatment. Local anesthetic may also be provided to allow for total restfulness and comfort. You should be able to respond to verbal cues, but you will not have any memory of treatment after it has been completed.
You may continue to feel drowsy after your appointment as the effects of the medication wear off. You should rest at home for the remainder of the day.
Sedation Dentistry FAQs
Is sedation dentistry safe?
Sedation dentistry is safe when administered by an experienced dentist like Dr. Warner. He will review your medical history and current health status to determine that you are a good candidate for sedation dentistry. While you are under sedation, you will be monitored very closely to ensure everything goes smoothly.
Does Dr. Warner use general anesthesia?
No, Dr. Warner does not use general anesthesia. It is almost never necessary for dental treatment and carries more risks.
Are there any side effects of sedation dentistry?
Dr. Warner will review all of the possible side effects of the sedation medication with you prior to administering it. Patients that take oral sedation medication may be drowsy after their appointment. Some patients experience dry mouth, headaches or dizziness. Serious complications are very rare.
Learn More about Sedation Dentistry
For more information about the sedation dentistry techniques offered by Dr. Warner, please contact Willoughby Dental and request an appointment. Call (864) 546-4242 or email us today