IV Sedation Dentistry

Proper use of sedation helps us make sure that you have a safe, comfortable experience here at Better Dental. Our team not only uses the local anesthetic you may be familiar with, but also offers oral sedation options to increase your sense of well-being during your appointment. 

Our dentists care deeply about the quality of your visit. In addition to our sedation options, we also aim to provide a relaxed, playful atmosphere by offering things like Netflix and warm blankets in our exam rooms. If you feel nervous, we encourage you to tell us, so we can listen and help put you at ease.

If you’re near Chapel Hill, NC, and looking for a gentle, low-stress experience at the dentists, we encourage you to schedule an appointment. We look forward to meeting you!

What is IV sedation?

IV sedation, or intravenous sedation, is a type of sedation dentistry that uses medications delivered through a small needle placed in a vein, typically in your arm or hand. The purpose of IV sedation is to help you achieve a state of deep relaxation during your dental procedure, making it a more comfortable and stress-free experience.

IV sedation works by directly entering your bloodstream, which allows for a rapid onset of sedation effects. The level of sedation can be adjusted by our team as needed to ensure that you are comfortable throughout the procedure.

The benefits of IV sedation include:

  • Rapid onset of calming effects
  • Anxiety relief throughout the procedure
  • Adjustable sedation level as needed during treatment
  • Amnesic effect allows patients to forget the time in office
  • Enhanced comfort as patients tune out their surroundings 
  • Patient cooperation allows more to be done in a single visit

It’s important to note that IV sedation is not suitable for everyone, and we will need to discuss your medical history before recommending it as an option. With IV sedation, you will also need someone to accompany you to and from the dental office, as you will not be able to drive or operate machinery for several hours after your appointment.

What is oral sedation?

Oral sedation is a potent addition to the local anesthetic that most dentists use during procedures. Taken as a pill or in liquid form, oral sedation helps you to feel relaxed and even drowsy during your procedure. 

Our team is trained to properly administer oral sedation and can help you decide if oral sedation is the right fit for your next visit. Want to learn more? Don’t hesitate to ask your dentist or give us a call. 

The benefits of oral sedation include:

  • Safe and painless to take
  • Helps you feel relaxed during your visit
  • Easy recovery after your appointment
  • Can help you forget your whole experience

We offer same-day dentistry!

At Better Dental, we’re excited to be able to complete many big procedures in a single visit. For example, getting crowns typically involves weeks of waiting for a dental lab. However, using advanced GLIDEWELL technology, we can design and sculpt your new crowns in our office, which means that you can come in for a consultation and walk out later that same day with a shiny new smile! Give us a call to schedule your appointment today!

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