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Sedation Dentistry – Columbia, TN

Enjoy the Stress-Free Dentistry You Deserve

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Have you struggled with dental anxiety in the past? Do you need a little extra help staying calm and comfortable in the treatment chair? Sedation dentistry may be the solution you’re looking for! Our Columbia, TN dental office is proud to offer a full spectrum of sedation options, so you can enjoy the stress-free dentistry you deserve. Plus, our caring, friendly staff is here to help you every step of the way to make the entire experience as seamless as possible. If you’d like to learn more about sedation dentistry, read on or reach out to us!

Nitrous Oxide Sedation

Woman with nitrous oxide sedation dentistry mask

You may know nitrous oxide better as laughing gas. Nitrous oxide is a mild inhaled sedative that begins to work quickly. You will have a light euphoric feeling come over you shortly after you breathe it in through a small nasal mask. You will remain conscious the entire time during your dental care, and once the mask is removed, the gas’ effects wear off almost instantly. For this reason, you can drive yourself to and from your appointment.

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Oral Conscious Sedation

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Oral sedation is the next level of sedation we offer. This is a pill that you have to take about an hour before the beginning of your dental appointment. You will be right on the edge of being awake and asleep throughout your treatment. This type of sedation can take a while to work its way out of your system, so you will need a friend or family member to drive you to and from the office.

IV Sedation

Relaxed woman in dental chair during I V dental sedation visit

The highest level of sedation we offer is IV sedation. This is for when you don’t even want to know what is going on. You will likely stay asleep for the duration of your appointment, but you’ll be able to respond to us if needed. IV sedation is administered by one of our sedation dentists in Columbia, Dr. Beck, Dr. Hart, or Dr. Williams , and will require you to have a ride home while the effects wear off.

Am I a Good Candidate for Sedation Dentistry?

Smiling woman in dental chair

Sensitive gag reflexes, mild to severe dental anxiety, fear of needles, and extensive treatments are just a few of the reasons patients opt for sedation dentistry. If you’re in good general health, then chances are you’ll be a good candidate. Ultimately, the decision will be made after our team reviews your medical history. After all, there are a few conditions to consider to ensure the sedation dentistry is effective. For example, if you have allergies and struggle with congestion, then an inhaled sedative, like nitrous oxide, isn’t ideal. Don’t worry – our highly-trained dentists will review all of the necessary information with you to determine the best solution for getting you the comfortable care you deserve.

Sedation Dentistry Frequently Asked Questions

Man undergoing sedation dentistry in Columbia

If you suffer from dental anxiety, sedation dentistry may be the answer you’re looking for! However, it pays to be well-informed. Here are the answers to some of the most common questions we are asked about sedation dentistry in Columbia. If you don’t see the information that you’re looking for below, don’t worry! Give us a call and we’d be happy to answer your questions and set you up for an appointment when you’re ready.

Is sedation dentistry safe?

For most patients, sedation dentistry is a perfectly safe option. The majority of patients handle nitrous oxide without an issue, making it the best choice for the highest amount of people. Before deciding whether or not to administer sedation, your dentist will go over your medical history and current medications to ensure that there won’t be any negative interactions. While you’re sedated, the dentist and team will closely monitor your vitals at all times to make sure that you are perfectly safe.

Will I remember anything with dental sedation?

Even though you are technically awake with most forms of sedation, chances are that you won’t remember much of your treatment. IV sedation is more likely to make you forget your procedure than oral conscious sedation or nitrous oxide. The memory loss effect that sedation has can make getting dental care much easier for patients with extreme dental anxiety and phobia.

Will I feel any pain with dental sedation?

While keeping you awake, sedation dentistry can actually suppress your body’s ability to register pain. Even if you do experience some discomfort, you are more likely to feel pressure than pain. Depending on your procedure, your dentist may also numb your mouth with a local anesthetic to ensure that you remain comfortable throughout the duration of your procedure.

Can dental sedation make you sick?

It is quite rare to feel nauseous with nitrous oxide sedation. Because oral conscious sedation is stronger than nitrous oxide, there is a slightly higher risk of nausea. Just to be safe, your dentist will likely recommend that you don’t eat for a few hours before your procedure. If you have trouble skipping meals, you may want to schedule your appointment for first thing in the morning. IV sedation has an elevated risk of nausea due to its stronger effects. If you are prone to feeling nauseous, let your dentist know! They may be able to help.