Sedation dentistry for a relaxing dental experience in Greensboro, NC

Triad Dentistry frequently treats patients who want to fix gaps between their teeth. It’s not uncommon for patients to have uneven or large spaces between teeth for as long as they can remember, or gaps may develop over time. Unfortunately, these gaps often present between the upper two front teeth. When gaps exist between these central incisors, they can be hard to miss. Patients’ confidence about their appearance takes a hit. They may hide a gapped-tooth smile. Tooth veneers in Greensboro, NC at the office of Steven L. Hatcher, DDS use quality materials and precision planning to allow you to smile freely, without embarrassment, again.

What is sedation dentistry?

Sedation dentistry refers to the use of medication to help you feel calm and relaxed while you are receiving dental care. In most cases, patients are awake during the procedure, but the sedation helps reduce feelings of anxiety or fear and promote a sense of comfort throughout your dental treatment.

Who can benefit from sedation dentistry

It is a misconception that only patients with extreme dental fears can benefit from sedation dentistry. In fact, it can be a great option for a variety of patients, such as those who:

  • Have sensitive teeth
  • Are undergoing multiple procedures or lengthy treatments that will involve an extended amount of time in the dental chair
  • Have a strong gag reflex that makes dental procedures uncomfortable
  • Have difficulty with becoming completely numbed using local anesthetics
  • Become sore during dental treatments due to keeping their mouth open

In short, sedation dentistry is recommended in any case in which you may otherwise put off or avoid getting treatment, which can lead to more complicated and irreversible tooth or gum damage down the road.

Types of sedation

There are multiple different forms of sedation that can be used depending on each patient’s individual needs and preferences. It can be used on patients of all ages, and we can help you decide which option is best on a case-by-case basis—what is best for one patient is different for another, and the best treatment for each individual even differs depending on which specific procedure is being performed.

  • Nitrous oxide (laughing gas): This is the mildest form of dental sedation and the most common. It is a colorless, odorless gas that you breathe in through a small nasal mask. We start the administration a short time before beginning your treatment, and it takes effect quite rapidly. It can be a great way for pediatric patients to sit through procedures such as dental fillings, as well as help promote a sense of calm and relaxation in adults who may be uneasy about their treatment. We carefully control the dose and the effects wear off within a few minutes after we stop the gas flow.
  • Oral conscious sedation: With this type of sedation, we prescribe an oral sedation medication that you take at a specific time before your appointment. This provides a deeper level of sedation than nitrous oxide before, during, and after your treatment, but you will still be awake and able to follow directions or answer questions throughout the procedure. One of the side effects is grogginess, so you will need to have a trusted friend or family member drive you to and from your appointment. Many patients are so relaxed that they remember little about their time in the dental chair after the medication has worn off.
  • Intravenous sedation: This is the deepest level of sedation, which can be used for complex treatments or patients who are extremely anxious. It can be administered at varying levels from “twilight sleep,” where you are sleepy but still somewhat awake, to general anesthesia, which puts you into a deep sleep.
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Triad Dentistry

Dr. Steven Hatcher

A graduate from the University of North Carolina, Dr. Hatcher majored in biology and completed his undergraduate studies there. At UNC, he was awarded a cancer research grant from the National Institutes of Health after which he graduated from dental school.

Dr. Hatcher is a passionate and driven professional who strives to preserve and enhance natural beauty in every dental treatment. He is keen on developing an individualist approach when it comes to treating his patients to ensure patient care is a tailor-made experience for the comfort of each client.

Do not let dental phobias stop you from getting the care you need

If you have been putting off a visit to the dentist due to dental anxieties or the thought of feeling discomfort during a procedure you need, there is no need to delay any longer. In addition to providing sedation dental services, our dental office goes the extra step to ensure you are comfortable, with a warm and relaxing environment and a gentle touch. To learn more about how sedation dentistry might benefit you, call our Greensboro, NC office today at (336) 383-1482!