Stay Calm & Comfortable
Sedation Dentistry at Spring Smiles
If you need dental care in Holly Springs, but you have dental anxiety and are intimidated by the idea of getting treatment, Dr. Gabriel Duncan of Spring Smiles is here to help. At our office, we offer sedation dentistry to our patients. We can keep you feeling safe and comfortable with nitrous oxide or oral conscious sedation. Contact us now to schedule your appointment.
Relax in the Dentist’s Chair
Laughing Gas Sedation
Nitrous oxide (laughing gas) is delivered using a special nose mask. A mixture of oxygen and nitrous oxide will be pumped into your lungs. You will feel “floaty” and a bit disconnected from your body, and you’ll also feel much less anxious and nervous about your procedure.
Laughing gas also has some analgesic (pain-relieving) properties. When combined with numbing, this helps ensure that you don’t feel any discomfort during your appointment at Spring Smiles.
In addition, laughing gas has very few side effects and wears off within 5 minutes of your procedure. This means you can drive yourself home or even go back to work after your treatment, and resume your day-to-day life quickly.
Deep Sedation for Your Comfort
Oral Conscious Sedation
Oral conscious sedation uses a pill-based sedative to keep you feeling calm, safe, and comfortable. You’ll take the sedative an hour or two before your procedure. Once it takes effect, you’ll start to feel very relaxed, comfortable, and groggy. You may even fall asleep during your procedure.
It’s also very common to experience “anterograde amnesia,” which causes you to forget much of what happens during your dental procedure. Oral conscious sedation is a good option if you want to be sedated more deeply than nitrous oxide.
However, it can last up to 4-6 hours after your treatment, and you cannot drive yourself home or go back to work after your treatment. You’ll need to make the appropriate arrangements to prepare for this.
Why Choose Sedation Dentistry?
How Sedation Can Help
The most common reason that patients choose sedation dentistry is dental anxiety. If you’re anxious about any treatment at our office, from a cleaning to a root canal or tooth extraction, sedation dentistry can help. With sedation, you’ll feel more comfortable throughout the entire process.
Not only that, but you’re less likely to feel any discomfort during your procedure. This is very helpful if you have a low pain threshold.
Other reasons that patients choose sedation dentistry include fear of needles (such as numbing needles used in dental treatments), and a strong gag reflex which can make it hard for Dr. Duncan to work on the rear teeth.
Sedation can also be beneficial if you’re having multiple treatments at once and will be sitting in the dentist’s chair for 2-3 hours. You’ll be able to relax and feel more comfortable throughout the entire process.
Am I a Good Candidate
For Sedation Dentistry?
As long as you are healthy, do not have any medical conditions or allergies that may interfere with the use of sedatives, and have no history of drug abuse, you are most likely a good candidate for sedation dentistry. Dr. Duncan will discuss your medical history and other details with you before your appointment to ensure that sedation is a good option for you.