Sedation Dentistry Near Indian Land

Reducing Dental Anxiety

Are you having a hard time relaxing at the dentist? 

Many patients have a fear of going to the dentist. Some even prefer not to have any of the much-needed treatments to avoid the dentist all-together. 

Dr. Schwartz offers the most comprehensive oral sedation to help brush away dental anxiety. Sedation dentistry works by supplying the patient with medications designed to help them relax throughout the treatment.

Our sedation dental services are ideal for patients who have severe gag reflexes. Dr. Schwartz highly recommends dental sedation to those who suffer from dental phobia and other phobias related to dental treatments including fear of needles.

Levels of Sedation

Sedation dentistry has four different levels of relaxation or sedation. Depending on your needs to reduce anxiety and the complexity of the procedure, the degree of sedation also varies. 

The fee associated with each level of sedation varies accordingly. This will be explained during your consultation with your Dr. Schwartz.

Here are the 4 different levels of sedation:

1. Use of Nitrous Oxide or Laughing Gas

Nitrous oxide is inhaled through the nose piece and can be titrated to a greater or lesser concentration based on your personal needs. 

After the sedation procedure, 100% oxygen is delivered through the nose piece for a minimum of five minutes. This is to ensure that the effects of that the laughing gas is cleared. This allows also the freedom to drive to and from the dental office without any sedative effects of nitrous oxide. The effect that most people feel is a calm and relaxed feeling while some may feel a slight “intoxication.”

Nitrous oxide, however, is not for everyone. Some individuals may feel paranoid, or may have difficulty breathing through their nose. Dr. Schwartz will evaluate your dental condition and medical history to ensure that the use of laughing gas is the right sedative for you.

2. Anxiolysis

Anxiolysis is a greater reduction of anxiety by combining an oral sedative before the appointment and the use of nitrous oxide during the treatment. Oral sedatives may be in the form of a liquid or pills.

Despite the higher sedative effect of anxiolysis, the level of your consciousness is still at a normal level. You can still respond to verbal commands and be aware of your surroundings. However, you may need a driver to take you home as anxiolysis may impair your ability to drive until the effects wear off.

3. Conscious Sedation

A more enhanced level of sedation is a combination of oral sedatives plus the use of nitrous oxide. This is called conscious sedation. While you are less aware of your surroundings, you can still respond to verbal request

Quite often this level of sedation renders an amnesic effect and little is remembered of the dental procedure itself. With conscious sedation, there is careful monitoring of your heart rate, pulse, blood pressure, breathing and blood oxygenation. 

Patients with compromised airways, breathing problems, or sleep apnea may not be the right candidates for this level of sedation. 

When conscious sedation is recommended, the patient is required to be accompanied by a driver to take him or her to and from the office. The patient should also refrain from operating machinery for up to twelve hours after the sedation procedure.

4. Intravenous Sedation

Intravenous sedation is the highest level of sedation. In this procedure, a dental anesthesiologist is required to administer the IV sedative. All vital signs of the patient are carefully monitored by both the anesthesiologist and Dr. Schwartz. 

Your ability to respond to your environment is compromised and the entire dental procedure is amnesic to the patient. A driver is required to drive the patient to and from his or her appointment. 

The patient should also rest for the remainder of the day. He or she is not allowed to operate heavy machinery to perform strenuous tasks for up to 24 hours from sedation or after the effects of the sedative wears off.

Contact Us Today!

While dental anxiety can happen to anyone, it can also be dealt with the right sedation procedure. Dr. Schwartz has over 25 years of providing dental services including comprehensive dental sedation procedures

We are committed to providing better oral care treatments while helping patients with dental phobia to relax during a dental procedure. We provide sedation dentistry for the Indian Land, Ballantyne and the Charlotte areas.

Contact us at 704-752-7602 to learn more about our sedation dentistry. You may also book an appointment through our 24/7 online booking system.