At Periodontal Associates, we understand that a trip to the dentist is not everyone’s idea of a fun time. In fact, some of our patients may be a little apprehensive about feeling discomfort during their procedure. For this reason, it is important for us to reassure you that patient comfort is something we take seriously. We have developed our practice around the idea of providing a positive experience for everyone who comes to us for treatment, and that means delivering comfort and peace of mind by way of sedation dentistry.
We welcome you to contact us with any questions you may have about your sedation options here at Periodontal Associates.
Why Sedation Dentistry?
There are a number of reasons why we think sedation dentistry matters for our patients.
Sedation Dentistry Helps Prevent Pain
One of the most obvious benefits of sedation dentistry is that it prevents you from feeling physical discomfort during a surgical procedure.
Sedation Dentistry Makes Longer Appointments More Manageable
While some treatments can be performed in mere minutes, more complex surgical procedures may take multiple hours. Sedation ensures that it all goes by quickly and smoothly.
Sedation Dentistry Helps Eliminate Memories
Some of our patients find dental work to be so unpleasant that they would rather not remember it at all. We can offer sedation options so that you will not be beset with traumatizing memories of your dental procedures.
Sedation Dentistry Helps Ease Anxiety
For some patients, a trip to the dentist is no sweat. For others, it can be a source of real unease. Knowing that you will be sedated can help minimize any anxiety about your appointment.
What is Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation Dentistry allows your doctor to perform a variety of dental procedures while you are relaxed and calm. You remain safe and comfortable, with constant monitoring. Benefits of Sedation Dentistry include:
- No fear or anxiety during the procedure
- No sense of smell or sound
- No sense of time while under sedation
- No memory of undergoing the procedure
- No pain during the procedure
Not everyone looks forward to going to the dentist. At Periodontal Associates, however, we want to ensure your experience is as comfortable and as positive as possible. To achieve this goal, we are pleased to provide a range of sedation options to keep you out of pain. Find out more about our services in sedation dentistry.
What are Your Sedation Options?
At Periodontal Associates, we are pleased to offer patients several sedation options to choose from. Before your procedure, you can talk with your provider to learn more about the different kinds of sedation that are available. We can recommend the option that we think is right for you, based on patient health and preference as well as the nature of the procedure.
A few of the sedation options that we utilize include:
Nitrous oxide, sometimes referred to as “laughing gas,” can be a good option for patients who simply need to alleviate their anxiety before a mild procedure. It produces a relaxing effect and wears off very quickly, allowing you to head back to your normal activities without feeling too groggy.
Oral medications may allow an easier alternative to anxious free procedures.
With IV sedation, a sedative is administered directly into a vein. This sedation is continuous throughout the entire procedure. This is a great option for those who do not wish to be alert or feel anything during their procedure. Note that you need to bring a driver to the appointment with you.
With any specific questions about our sedation options, we encourage you to contact our Charleston, SC practice.
Meet Our Doctors
Periodontal Associates is committed to optimal clinical outcomes on behalf of every patient, as well as to ensuring comfort and safety at all times. Our practice provides sedation dentistry options to patients throughout Charleston, and North Charleston, SC. To learn more about our providers, we welcome you to check out their individual bios.
Is Sedation Dentistry Right for You?
We sometimes hear from patients who wonder whether they are good candidates for sedation dentistry. If you have any concerns about your eligibility, we are happy to talk with you one-on-one.
Generally speaking, sedation dentistry is right for any patient in one of the following categories:
- Patients who are anxious or afraid about going to the dentist.
- Patients who have a hard time sitting still for a long period of time.
- Patients who have a difficult time getting numb and staying numb.
- Patients who do not wish to have clear memories of their dental or periodontal procedure.
Contact us to find out more about your qualifications for receiving dental sedation.
Common Questions About Sedation Dentistry
For those who have never been sedated for an oral health procedure, it is perfectly natural to have some questions. We would be glad to answer any inquiries directly. In the meantime, here are a few of the most common concerns.
Will There Be Any Side Effects?
Your provider will carefully monitor your sedation, maintaining your safety and minimizing your risk of side effects. Of course, there can be unexpected occurrences with any medication, but the risks associated with oral health sedation are usually minor. They can include anything from hiccups to a slight feeling of nausea.
Will Dental Insurance Cover the Cost of Sedation?
All dental insurance plans are different, and we always recommend checking with your specific coverage. With that said, there are many plans that do offer either partial or complete coverage for the cost of sedation.
How Long Will it Take for the Sedation to Kick In?
Not long at all. Most patients begin feeling calmer and more relaxed almost immediately. You should be fully sedated within minutes. Your provider will always confirm your sedation level before beginning the procedure.
Learn More About Sedation Dentistry in Charleston, SC
As you consider your oral health needs, you may find yourself concerned about discomfort or pain. Rest assured that, through the right sedation, you can receive the care you need quickly, safely, and without pain.
Periodontal Associates provides a range of sedation options to our patients, giving ample peace of mind that the procedure will be as comfortable as it can be. If you have any additional questions about sedation dentistry or are prepared to make an appointment, we welcome you to contact us. Make an appointment with Periodontal Associates in Charleston, SC.