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Sedation Dentistry Wilmington NC

Technology has allowed us to change the way people view that visit to the dentist. Our sedation dentistry introduces patients to a variety of methods to promote a calming experience for those who have high anxiety when it comes to visiting the dentist.

For people who have had traumatic dental experiences, a fear of needles or shots, sensitive teeth or any other scenario that may cause one to have an apprehensive approach to receiving dental care, the practitioners at Salling & Tate Dentistry in Wilmington have a number of methods for sedation dentistry that would allow you to enjoy the best of our dental services with little disruption.


What is sedation dentistry?

In our office, we use sedation dentistry to help patients relax during dental procedures. You may hear some refer to it as "sleep dentistry", but that's not completely accurate. Patients are usually awake, except those who are under general anesthesia.

There are three levels of sedation: minimal, moderate and deep. Under minimal sedation, you can expect to find a sense of relaxation while still being able to respond to the dentist. Moderate sedation will take patients into a more relaxed state but will most likely not remember the procedure. For deep sedation, it will be to the patient’s benefit as they are put in a place of borderline consciousness and they will not recognize what is occurring, to keep from suffering from anxiety. The dentists at Salling & Tate encourage sedation dentistry for the purpose of making sure that your oral health needs are met without fear.

The use of Nitrous Oxide

Inhaled minimal sedation dentistry is when you breathe nitrous oxide -- otherwise known as “laughing gas” -- combined with oxygen through a mask that’s placed over your nose. The gas helps you relax. Your dentist can control the amount of sedation you receive, and the gas tends to wear off quickly. This is the only form of sedation where you may be able to drive yourself home after the procedure.

How Safe is Sedation Dentistry?

When getting anesthesia, there is always a small risk. You will find that it is usually safe, especially when given by experienced dentists. Certain people, such as those who are extremely overweight or who have obstructive sleep apnea, should consult their personal doctor before being sedated, as they are more prone to complications.

Before any use of sedatives, we will go through your medical history to make sure that you do not have a reaction to any sort of anesthesia or laughing gas. We will monitor your vital signs during the procedure following the guidelines of the American Dental Association. Before any procedure, be sure to ask questions regarding the levels of sedation used for your procedure and what you are willing to tolerate. Take the time to contact us and ask questions as we are here to make sure that you receive the best care. Success is in the satisfaction and peace of mind of our patients.

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