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Sedation Dentistry – Summerfield, NC

Helping Anxious
Guests Relax

For people with any kind of dental phobia, even a routine examination can be nerve-wracking. Sedation can be used to help an anxious guest relax during their dental appointments; it’s also useful for those undergoing lengthier procedures that require them to sit still for a while. Anytime you schedule a visit at Magnolia Shores Family Dental, you can ask about the available options for sedation dentistry in Summerfield, NC and which one Dr. Parry might suggest for you or your child.

Why Choose Magnolia Shores Family Dental for Sedation Dentistry?

Oral Conscious Sedation

Man holding an oral conscious sedation dentistry pill

Like many people, you may have a moderate form of dental anxiety. That’s perfectly normal – it’s no reason to feel nervous or ashamed. Even so, you wouldn’t want it to prevent crucial dental care, right? Therefore, consider getting oral conscious sedation with your next treatment. This service quickly helps you achieve deeper relaxation than nitrous oxide. If you’d like to learn more about it, just keep reading or call our office today!


What is Oral Conscious Sedation?

A woman holding a round pill between her fingers

To be specific, oral conscious sedation is one approach dentists use to treat dental anxiety. It’s stronger than more mild methods and is thus suggested for adults with moderate nervousness, fear, or other treatment-related discomforts.


Unlike nitrous oxide or IV approaches, oral conscious sedation doesn’t involve masks or needles. Rather, it simply has a dentist prescribe their patient a pill. This medicine (usually Valium or Halcyon) is then taken just before the visit, resulting in a profound calm about fifteen minutes after ingestion.


How Does Oral Conscious Sedation Work?

A dentist treating a sedated patient

With oral conscious sedation, things work pretty simply. The method is easy to both implement and manage.

As stated before, the dentist will have you take a pill before treatment. Soon after doing so, you should feel deeply relaxed and calm. You may, in fact, feel so at ease that you don’t remember the procedure after the medication wears off. Meanwhile, the dentist and their team will monitor your vitals to ensure there aren’t complications.

The sedation, furthermore, won’t put you to sleep. You’ll remain conscious enough to respond to the dentist’s instructions. Still, you’ll be dizzy enough to need someone to drive you home after treatment. Without such assistance, operating heavy machinery could get you into an accident.


Are You a Good Candidate for Oral Conscious Sedation?

A dentist treating a sedated patient

Ultimately, you don’t need much to be a good oral-conscious sedation candidate. So long as you’re in decently good health, you should be able to qualify for it.

On the other hand, some patients are likelier to benefit from it than others. In particular, oral conscious sedation is ideal for patients who:

  • Regularly experience dental fear, anxiety, or nervousness
  • Often cancel or reschedule visits out of nervousness of receiving bad news
  • Suffer from an overly-sensitive gag reflex
  • Require multiple procedures or one longer treatment in a single dental visit
  • Struggle to keep their mouth open or sit still during treatment
  • Don’t react well to local anesthesia
  • Have had poor dental experiences in the past

Nitrous Oxide Sedation Dentistry

Patient with nitrous oxide sedation dentistry mask in place

Nitrous oxide can be mixed with oxygen and inhaled through a small mask to help you stay comfortable during a dental procedure. You will still be awake and aware enough to follow directions and answer questions; however, you’ll be in a state of euphoria, meaning you’ll feel relaxed the entire time. After the mask is removed, the effects of the sedation will wear off very quickly, allowing you to return to your daily routine immediately once the procedure is done.

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