Sedation dentistry is quickly becoming more commonplace, and Raleigh Endodontics is proud to announce that we offer sedation dentistry at our office. Sedation dentistry, also known as sleep dentistry, is ideal for patients who suffer from dental anxiety or for those who must undergo certain endodontic procedures. At Raleigh Endodontics, we do everything we can to make your endodontic experience as positive as possible. Part of this is ensuring that you have a painless and relaxed procedure. To assist you with this, Raleigh Endodontics offers the following dental sedation options:
- Inhaled sedation: During your procedure, you will wear a mask over your nose and inhale nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas. This type of sedation will promote feelings of calmness and even euphoria, all while keeping you conscious and able to respond if needed.
- Oral sedation: Before your procedure, you will be instructed to take a Halcion pill. This is a sleep aid that will make you feel relaxed and sleepy. With oral sedation, you may fall into a light sleep but you can be easily awoken.
- IV sedation: You will have a needle placed in your arm that will deliver medication directly to your vein. IV sedation offers moderate to deep sedation, and can render you entirely unconscious during your procedure.
Did You Know?
Although sedation dentistry is commonly called “sleep dentistry”, most types of dental sedation actually allow the patient to remain fully or partially awake during their procedure.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Am I a candidate for sedation dentistry?
You may be a candidate for sedation dentistry if you have dental anxiety, can’t sit still for long periods of time, have an overactive gag reflex, or if you need a potentially invasive endodontic procedure.
You may not be an ideal candidate for sedation dentistry if you have certain health conditions such as cardiac disease, hypertension, diabetes, or respiratory disease. In some cases, you may also be a candidate for a certain type of sedation.
Before deciding which sedation option is best for you, our Dr. Dalzell will need to take a thorough medical history and discuss your current medications.
What can I expect when under dental sedation?
While under dental sedation, your experience may vary depending on the type of sedation you decide upon. Most people under minimal to moderate sedation describe feeling aware, yet very relaxed. The amount of relaxation will depend upon whether the sedation is minimal or moderate. People who undergo moderate levels of sedation also describe feeling sleepy and may even close their eyes for a brief nap. If you are under a deep level of sedation, you will likely be completely unconscious or have little to no memory of the procedure.
Are there any precautions I need to take after being sedated?
Your post-treatment care will also depend on the type of sedation used. Most people who choose inhaled sedation are generally able to drive themselves home once the effects of the gas have worn off. This is because nitrous oxide is only effective while it is being actively inhaled and has no residual effects.
However, those who choose oral or IV sedation will need to have a driver present to take them home after the procedure. Additionally, it is recommended to take it easy for the rest of the day and have someone monitor you for at least 24 hours after your procedure. As a general rule, the deeper the level of sedation, the more involved the aftercare. Our office will also provide you with specialized instructions depending on your procedure and the type of sedation used.
For the best sedation dentistry in Raleigh, schedule a consultation with Dr. Dalzell of Raleigh Endodontics today!