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On this page you will find frequently asked questions such as:

   
  1. What should I bring to my Sedation Appointment?
  2. What is Conscious Sedation?
  3. Who Can Administer Conscious Sedation?
  4. Who Should Monitor Conscious Sedation?
  5. What are the Side Effects of Conscious Sedation?
  6. What Should Patients Expect Immediately Following the Surgical or Diagnostic Procedure?
  7. What is dental phobia and why do so many people hate the dentist?
  8. What can be done to help people who avoid the dentist because of fear of pain or embarrassment?
Conscious Sedation: What Patients Should Expect

What should I bring to my Sedation Appointment?
Anything that makes you more comfortable or secure is welcome. We provide music, blankets, pillows, and other comfort amenities. Please bring with you any medications you are currently taking, including asthma inhalers, supplemental oxygen, or any thing you need on a daily basis or have used in the past for emergency situations. Plan to have someone drive you to and from your sedation appointment.

What is Conscious Sedation?
This type of sedation induces an altered state of consciousness that minimizes pain and discomfort through the use of pain relievers and sedatives. Patients who receive conscious sedation usually are able to speak and respond to verbal cues throughout the procedure, communicating any discomfort they experience to the provider. The medication will help you rest. Many of our patients sleep while receiving Sedation dental Care. A brief period of amnesia may erase any memory of the procedure.

Who Can Administer Conscious Sedation?
Conscious sedation is extremely safe when administered by qualified providers. Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs), anesthesiologists, other physicians, some dentists, and oral surgeons are qualified providers of conscious sedation. Specifically trained Registered Nurses may assist in the administration of conscious sedation.

Who Should Monitor Conscious Sedation?
Your dentist or qualified assistant monitor patient heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, oxygen level and alertness throughout and after the procedure.

What are the Side Effects of Conscious Sedation?
A brief period of amnesia after the procedure may follow the administration of conscious sedation. Occasional side effects may include headache, nausea, hangover/jet lag feeling, or limited memory of the appointment.

What Should Patients Expect Immediately Following the Surgical or Diagnostic Procedure?
A qualified provider monitors the patient immediately following the procedure. Written post-operative care instructions will be given to the patient to take home or you can login to the post-operative section to access instructions these instructions online. Click here to login to the post-operative section.

Patients should not drive a vehicle, operate dangerous equipment or make any important decisions for at least 24 hours after receiving Sedation. A follow-up phone call is made by the healthcare provider to check on the patient's condition and answer any remaining questions.

What is dental phobia and why do so many people hate the dentist?
Dental phobia
is a severe fear of the dentist that over time causes loss of teeth because of the patient's inability to go to the dentist and receive regular care. The heart of the matter is that dental phobia can rob patients of their self esteem as they become embarrassed about the appearance of their teeth and withdraw from friends, coworkers and loved ones. Why do people hate and fear the dentist ? Fear of the dentist is most commonly something that patients learn from traumatic personal dental experiences. If these experiences occur as a child and are accompanied by a real sense of panic, the resulting reaction to the dentist may become deep seated, visceral and life-long. Such patients don't feel safe in the dental chair. Patients recall of their traumatic childhood experiences often includes being held down against their will, being yelled at, pain and terror. A recent article in the Journal of the American Medical Association showed that people, who suffer abuse as children, may have life-long alterations in their response to stress. If a patient suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, the dental office may be just one of many situations where such patients feel unsafe. Patients who suffer from panic attacks associated with dental care will do anything not to have that awful feeling again. Sedation, which can block the panic response, can be particularly helpful for dental patients with anxiety attacks.

Other patients may simply have difficulty getting numb after the dentist gives them an injection. If the patient is extremely anxious the patient may be sensitive to the slightest sensation because of the emotional component of their pain. Many patients may not be particularly anxious but still may feel pain during dental care because of anatomical reasons, the presence of infection or hypersensitivity of the tooth. Local anesthetics (AKA Novacaine, Novocain or Novocaine), used by dentists to numb the tooth or jaw may rarely cause patients to become excitable or anxious in large doses, especially in combination with epinephrine, a common additive. Newly developed injection techniques may help in these situations.

Some patients suffer from a severe fear of needles, also known as needle phobia. As a result people have trouble going to the dentist, and medical. A wide variety of techniques to help at the dentist are available, such as anesthetic pads or gels administered without piercing the skin. Patients can also be sedated with an elixir or pill before any injection.

What can be done to help people who avoid the dentist because of fear of pain or embarrassment?
If you have a severe fear of the dentist, the most important thing is to recognize that there are people ready to help you. Take the time to find the right person. Take the time to communicate your feelings and concerns to your dentist. Make sure the treatment plan that you and your dentist have chosen reflects your cosmetic and long term oral health goals. Choose a quality office that is dedicated to a high level of care and patient satisfaction. Make sure the dentist you've chosen has the tools to care for you comfortably and has the patience and experience to guide you through the complete treatment plan. Consider relaxation and distraction techniques available by the dentist such as deep (diaphragmatic) breathing, or headphones.

Oral medications such as a Valium, or something similar, can be used to help you relax and feel more comfortable during long procedures. Intravenous sedation or even general anesthesia may be best for very anxious patients who won't have dental procedures any other way. Patients who have a very sensitive gag reflex, or have a lot of trouble getting numb with dental injections can also benefit from intravenous sedation. Nitrous oxide (sweet air, laughing gas) also provides pain relief and distraction. Nitrous oxide does help relieve anxiety as well as Valium and its related medicines when taken orally or intravenously. All medications should be administered by dentists who are well trained and experienced for the best and safest experience. Sedation Dentistry, also called Sleep Dentistry can be a beneficial way for patients to experience dental care without fear, pain or anxiety. Most importantly, it is possible for you to have your dental care in comfort.


 

 

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SLEEP is Physiologic, Sedation is Pharmacologic.  SEDATON IS NOT SLEEP and we at Sedation Dental Care make no implication that the two are the same in any way. We are extensively trained in sedation and exceed the boards oral sedation requirements by 5 times. We are qualified to sedate you not put you sleep. Please note we do provide General Anesthesia for those who qualify and need more then basic oral and IV sedation.

Please note there are only 7 recognized specialties in dentistry. Sedation, Cosmetics and Treating High Fear Patients are not included in board recognized specialties. We hope our hundreds of hours of Sedation, Emergency Training and Cosmetic Training coupled with hundreds of sedations we have done will allow us to give you the level of dentistry you are looking for.  When considering a dentist please always ask about credentials and training before you make a selection. We at Sedation Dental Care Hope you choose us and look forward to seeing you.

“Wake up to a Beautiful Smile” is a jingle not everyone wants a new smile. Beautiful Smile means different things to everyone and is based on your specific needs desires and qualifications. Not everyone is a candidate for cosmetic dentistry.  We will have a personalized smile evaluation to see if your smile desires are achievable and appropriate for you and your personal needs.

Sedation & Cosmetic General Dentists serving the Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Cary, Apex, Clayton, Garner, Smithfield, Knightdale, and Wake Forest area. Also providing Full Implant Restoration, Mini Dental Implant Placement, Denture Stabilization, Zoom ® whitening/bleaching, and most other general dentistry procedures.

3917 Sunset Ridge Rd.
Raleigh, NC 27607
Call: 783-9686  or  1-800-543-6853