Sedation Dentistry Relieves Stress from Dental Visits By Dr. Pinnix on May 14, 2012

Sedation dentistry has been a godsend for people who know they need to visit the dentist, but have been too terrified to do so. Now residents of Charlotte can find a South Charlotte dentist who utilizes sedation dentistry. Knowing that they can now experience painless dentistry will no doubt bring many patients to the Blakeney dental office who would have avoided it before.

During sedation dentistry, our South Charlotte dentist sedates their patient before they begin work. The patient is given tranquilizers or other medications to ease them into a deeply relaxed state. Even the needle-phobic patient can feel at ease as sedation dentistry has other alternatives than through injections. If a needle needs to be given, it's applied when the patient is so deeply relaxed that they wont remember it. They also probably wont remember the procedure itself. However, one benefit of sedation dentistry is that the patient remains awake. This is important, because our South Charlotte dentist might instruct the patient to do something, like only partially close their mouth or put their teeth together, which they can only perform when theyre conscious.

Often, the sedation begins long before the procedure is started. The dentist might prescribe pills to help the patient relax the night before. This lets them arrive at the office in such a state of relaxation that theyre not subject to the level of terror or anxiety they would normally feel. Then, just before the sedation dentistry procedure, the patient is given a further sedative, like valium. In the case of a very phobic patient the dentist might have the sedative delivered through an IV drip, but this is rare.

Sedation dentistry has been shown to be safe and is even used on children. A responsible dentist will tailor the amount of sedatives given to the patient based on their age, height, weight, the procedure thats going to be performed and other considerations.

If you have any questions or would like more information about our sedation dentistry practices or any additional information about cosmetic dentistry, please feel free to contact ourCharlotte dentist office at 704-543-1102 or by using our convenient online appointment request form.

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