Proper dental care is an important aspect of your overall well-being. Unfortunately, many people put off or completely avoid properly caring for their teeth because of anxiety associated with visiting the dentist’s office. This dental phobia often results in a person missing out on the care they need to maintain a beautiful and healthy smile.
We understand this dilemma and want to do our best to ensure each visit is as pleasant and gentle as possible. We offer sedation dentistry, or anesthesia dentistry, to help alleviate any anxiety or nerves that our patients may have when undergoing a dental procedure. Sedation dentistry can be a great option to help make your experience at the dentist more comfortable and less daunting. For more than 30 years, patients have trusted their oral care to the team of professionals at Flatrock Family Dentistry. Give our Greenville office a call at 864-297-5268 to find out more about your sedation dentistry options near you.
What Is Sedation Dentistry?
Many people struggle with anxiety or nervousness when it comes to visiting the dentist. For some, this may mean postponing or completely avoiding dental treatments that they need. Sedation dentistry provides these men, women, and children with a solution to their dental anxiety or dental phobia, helping to relax them during their procedure through the use of professional and safe techniques and sedatives.
Each method is safe and effective for a variety of dental procedures, including regular cleanings and examinations and oral surgery (such as wisdom teeth removal). Our team of professionals will carefully monitor you throughout your procedure to ensure your utmost comfort and safety.
What are the Benefits of Sedation Dental Care?
The greatest benefit of sedation dentistry is that it gives patients the confidence and comfort to undergo the dental treatments they need. In many cases, a person may avoid undergoing a much-needed dental treatment because of anxiety associated with visiting the dentist. This can lead to worsening of minor dental concerns, as well as serious health issues. Our approach to gentle dentistry at Flatrock Family Dentistry establishes a calm and relaxing environment where patients can finally get the dental care and treatments they need without the fear of being judged or being made to feel guilty.
Sedation dentistry can also be a great option for children whether they are afraid of the dentist, experience anxiety due to a negative experience in the past, or simply to help tolerate certain dental treatments. The most common type of sedation dentistry for children is nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, which is also the mildest form of sedation.
Is Sedation or Anesthesia Dentistry Right for Me?
Sedation dentistry can be used to create a more comfortable experience for men, women, and children who struggle with dental anxiety or phobia. The right option for you will depend on your unique case, and the type of dental procedure you will be undergoing.
We offer the following methods of sedation dentistry at our state-of-the-art facility in the Greenville area.
Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas)
Nitrous oxide, also commonly known as laughing gas, is the mildest form of dental sedation. Nitrous oxide is a non-addictive sedative that helps patients feel relaxed and at ease during their dental treatment. This is the most popular method used for children, but is also an effective tool for adults who struggle with dental anxiety. In cases where children may require more complex work or stronger sedation, we will refer you to a pediatric dentist.
Nitrous oxide is administered as a gas through a comfortable mask worn just over the nose. Within a few minutes of breathing through the nosepiece, you will begin to feel the subtle, relaxing effects of the sedative. Nitrous oxide is safe for use with dental procedures ranging from regular hygiene visits to more complex treatments.
Once your treatment is complete, oxygen will be delivered through the nosepiece to quickly fade the effects of the nitrous oxide. Within a matter of minutes, you will feel back to normal and will be able to drive yourself home.
Oral Conscious Sedation
Oral sedation is used for longer appointments, or for patients who are wanting a stronger sedative than nitrous oxide. With this method, you will be given a pill to be taken before your dental procedure. This will help to create a calm, anxiety-free experience throughout your treatment.
This form of sedation is recommended for patients with dental anxiety or phobia who:
- Prefer an alternative to nitrous oxide
- Have sensitive teeth or gums
- Will be undergoing a longer treatment or multiple procedures in a single visit
- Have a fear of needles
Unlike with nitrous oxide, oral sedation will have some lingering effects from the sedative. You will need a loved one to drive you home following your procedure.
IV sedation is used for cases that require oral surgery, or for patients with severe dental anxiety or phobia. This is the most powerful sedation dentistry option available at our facility and is administered intravenously through an IV attached to your arm.
Following IV sedation, you will experience some lingering effects and will need a loved one to drive you home and observe you for a few hours after your procedure.
Our team of professionals is highly experienced in all three forms of sedation dentistry. We will discuss your sedation options in detail with you prior to your procedure.
What Can I Expect During My Sedation Dentistry Procedure?
Your experience will vary depending on the type of sedation used for your procedure. Patients undergoing oral or IV sedation will need to avoiding eating or drinking anything for six hours prior to their treatment.
During your treatment on nitrous oxide, you will be fully conscious, but will feel relaxed and calm throughout your treatment. Once your treatment is complete, you will feel back to your normal self in just a matter of minutes.
Patients undergoing oral sedation will also be conscious during treatment. However, it has been known to have an amnesiac effect, to which you may recall very little to nothing about your appointment. Following your procedure under oral sedation, you will likely feel sleepy and will feel numbness around the mouth area. You will also need someone to drive you home after treatment.
IV sedation will have you completely sedated for the duration of your procedure. Your pulse, blood pressure, and oxygen levels will be carefully monitored the entire time to ensure your safety. This method of sedation is most common when oral surgery is necessary, but may also be used for patients with severe dental anxiety or phobia. Once you wake from your procedure, you will need a loved one to drive you home and monitor you for a few hours after your procedure.
Patients undergoing oral or IV sedation may also be required to take additional medications following their treatment.
What Options for Sedation Dentistry Are Available Near Me?
The most common types of sedation dentistry are nitrous oxide (also commonly known as laughing gas), local oral sedation, and IV sedation for oral surgery. The right type of sedation for you will depend on your unique case and the type of procedure being performed. We perform these three types of sedation dentistry at our brand new state-of-the-art facility in Greenville, South Carolina.
Why Choose Flatrock Family Dentistry for Sedation Dentistry?
Flatrock Family Dentistry has been proudly serving the Greenville and Five Forks community for 30 years. Dr. Rouse and Dr. Crosland lead a team of professionals dedicated to providing exceptional, comprehensive care in a comfortable atmosphere. We believe in a personalized patient focus and we take the necessary time to understand each individual patient’s needs.
Our brand new facility is located in Greenville, South Carolina, offering the most advanced state-of-the-art technologies to ensure the best treatment and experience for our patients. We currently offer three major forms of sedation dentistry, including nitrous oxide (laughing gas), oral sedation, and IV sedation. At Flatlock Family Dentistry, your comfort and safety is always a top priority and we will work with you to ensure the best possible experience with every visit to our office.
Learn more about why patients have been choosing Flatrock Family Dentistry for over 30 years.
Schedule Your Consultation for Sedation Dentistry with Us Today
Our goal is to provide each of our patients with beautiful results and unmatched care. To schedule your personal consultation, please give our office a call to speak with a member of our team. Our number is 864-297-5268.
Flatrock Family Dentistry is proud to serve the Greenville, Five Forks, and Greer communities of South Carolina.