Sedation Dentist in Asheville
Your comfort is important to us, and we want to ensure that your procedures go as smoothly as they possibly can. Sedation dentistry can help patients feel more relaxed and at ease in a number of different circumstances, including:
- If you experience strong feelings of fear and/or anxiety when faced with dental care.
- If you have a strong gag reflex.
- If you have difficulty becoming numb with local anesthetic.
- If a medical problem makes it difficult for you to sit still and/or hold your jaw open for extended periods of time.
Nitrous Oxide Sedation
Nitrous oxide (also known as “laughing gas”) is administered through a nasal mask, and patients should experience feelings of contentment and calm once the effects begin. This sedative is mild, and patients will be fully back to normal in a matter of minutes once the gas is removed. This is ideal for people who need to return to work right away or drive themselves home.
Alternatively, IV sedation is often the best option for patients in need of a much stronger sedative effect throughout their dental treatment. This option is administered intravenously, and our team will closely monitor your vitals throughout the procedure to ensure that you’re as safe and comfortable as possible. Patients will enter a very deep state of relaxation while under the effects – it’s likely that you won’t remember anything about the procedure once it’s over, and some people even fall asleep. Patients undergoing IV sedation at our practice will need an escort to take them home following their procedure and keep an eye on them until they fully recover.
The Importance of Board Certification
Sedation dentistry can be a relief for patients who suffer from severe negative associations with dentistry – in fact, it may be the only way to help them receive the care they need. However, there are complications that can arise in this scenario. Dr. White has been practicing dentistry since 1998, and he is one of only a few dentists in Western North Carolina to be certified by the North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners to provide parenteral sedation for dental procedures. With our team, you can rest assured knowing that your safety and comfort are our highest priorities at all times, and Dr. White has the skills and training needed to manage your sedation experience as smoothly as possible.