Dental anxiety and a fear of the dentist affects many patients and is a leading cause of poor oral health. Chapel Hill Family and Cosmetic Dentistry offers dental sedation for patients who suffer from dental anxiety and prefer to be completely relaxed during their visit with us. Dr. Furgurson, Dr. White or Dr. Hoyle will meet with you to discuss your personal fears, concerns and any previous bad experiences in the dentist chair that may have precipitated your stress and anxiety.
For some patients, a full explanation of their procedure and the opportunity to discuss their fears is enough to help them feel relaxed and confident during their visit. If dental sedation is the best option, your dentist will go over your medical history to be sure the sedation option recommended will be both safe and effective.
Dental Sedation in Chapel Hill NC
We use conscious sedation option, both of which enable patients to be awake and responsive while feeling completely relaxed and stress free. Most patients have little to no memory of their treatment and are able to maintain, restore or enhance their smile with appropriate dentistry.
Sedation dentistry can play a very important role in helping anxious and fearful patients enjoy the benefits of a healthy, beautiful smile. We offer:
- Oral conscious sedation: taken in pill form, oral sedation may require an at home dose to begin the process. Patients using oral sedation will need to arrange for transportation to and from their appointment in our Chapel Hill dentist office;
- Nitrous oxide: administered in gas form, nitrous oxide is inhaled from a tiny cannula that sits comfortably beneath the nose. Also known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide has the added benefit of taking immediate effect and wearing off just as quickly. Patients can typically drive themselves to and from their dental appointment if using nitrous oxide for sedation during treatment. Expect a brief waiting period after your procedure to become completely awake and alert.