Sedation Dentistry in Charleston, SC
Patients sometimes avoid dental care because of stress and anxiety associated with the dental office or treatment.
Are You Afraid of the Dentist?
At James Island Dental Associates, we strive to make your visit as comfortable as possible, so you can enjoy improved oral health.
Our caring staff, attentive doctors, and warm atmosphere help set you at ease during your appointment. A thorough medical and dental history exam is taken to evaluate each patient's health and level of anxiety. For some patients, local anesthesia may not be enough, so we offer varying levels of sedation to help you feel comfortable.
Sedation dentistry is helpful in the following situations:
- Anxiety associated with dentistry
- An uncontrollable gag reflex
- Difficulty getting numb
Nitrous Oxide Sedation – Our Mildest Form of Sedation
The mildest form of sedation uses nitrous oxide or "laughing gas." Nitrous oxide is very safe and quickly reversible, enabling patients to drive themselves to and from their appointments. This method of sedation is the least costly and also very effective for children to help them avoid an upsetting appointment.
Oral Sedation Dentistry
The next level of sedation involves taking a pill an hour or so prior to the appointment. The type and amount of medication will be determined for you depending on your level of anxiety.
Oral medication can be very effective but it is not easily reversible, so it is required that someone drive you to and from your appointment. Many times nitrous oxide mixed with oxygen is added to increase the sedative effect, letting you relax and feel more comfortable. Monitoring is provided to evaluate breathing and pulse to ensure a relaxing and safe experience.
Our kind team will be by your side throughout your appointment, taking care of your every need!
IV Sedation Dentistry
The highest level of sedation offered at James Island Dental Associates is IV (intravenous) sedation. This involves numbing the skin, starting an IV, and giving you a couple of medications through the IV. The sedative effect takes place prior to numbing, which is a big advantage over the other types of sedation.
IV sedation is safer than taking a pill and creates the best level of amnesia so that those who feel anxiety don't have to remember their dental appointment. Similar to taking a pill, IV sedation is not easily reversible, so it is required that you have someone drive you to and from your appointment. The doctor monitors your vital signs throughout the procedure to again ensure a safe and "sleepy" experience.
Are You Interested in Stress-Free Dentistry?
We perform consultations prior to any sedation appointment in order to assess your level of health and anxiety. Call us at James Island Dental Associates to see if Dr. Thomas or Dr. Weir can help relieve all of the stress associated with your dentistry!