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Sedation Dentistry at Adult Dentistry of Ballantyne

Experience Calm and Comfort with Oral Sedation and Anxiolysis

Each year, millions of Americans go without needed dental care due to fear or anxiety about their treatment. This is a common feeling, as studies suggest that as much as 75% of the adult population suffers from some degree of dental fear. Plus, as many as one in 10 Americans completely avoid dental treatment because of their overwhelming dental anxiety. If you are one of these people, you no longer have to fear your dental appointments.

At Adult Dentistry of Ballantyne, Dr. Robert L. Harrell offers oral sedation and anxiolysis to ensure a relaxing and stress-free dental experience. These techniques are designed to help patients feel calm and comfortable during their dental treatments.

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Patient Experience

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What is Anxiolysis Sedation?

Anxiolysis, also known as “relaxation sedation,” involves the use of well-known anti-anxiety medications such as Xanax, Valium, or Ativan, often in combination with nitrous oxide (commonly known as “laughing gas”). read more...

Benefits of Anxiolysis

Patients often describe the experience as feeling “super chill,” with a sense of happiness and detachment from their more...

Nitrous Oxide Sedation: Safe and Effective

Dr. Harrell prefers to use nitrous oxide for its safety and effectiveness. read more...

Important Considerations for Sedation Dentistry

Driver Requirement: Patients undergoing anxiolysis must have a responsible driver to and from the office.  read more...

Benefits of Sedation Dentistry

Patients Are Totally Relaxed

IV sedation and Oral Sedation allows patients to be totally relaxed to fully asleep during the surgical procedure. It also allows the surgeon to focus completely on the surgery without the distraction of comforting a nervous patient. While you are sedated, we are able to perform the necessary work without any interruptions or distractions, making it more predictable and safer.

Enhanced Control/Shorter Surgery Time

Without the distraction of a patient’s anxiety, we can focus solely on completing the task at hand. The shorter the time spent in surgery, the faster the healing and the lower the risk of complications. Sedation reduces surgical times, limits complications and improves outcomes.

Faster Recovery

With IV Sedation, once we stop administering the medication, the effects will begin to wear off. You’ll still need someone to drive you home after your procedure, as you’re likely to experience lingering drowsiness while the sedation leaves your bloodstream. The effects of the oral medications may last a bit longer. Regardless of which form of sedation is used during treatment, recovery times are shorter and the odds of post-surgical complications are reduced.

  • Patients feel completely relaxed, but they are aware and maintain movement control.
  • Tolerance levels are higher, so complex procedures can be completed in fewer visits.
  • The ability to receive routine dental care is restored, greatly improving one’s overall health.
  • The anxiety response is neutralized. Common triggers like the sight of the instruments have no effect.
  • Sedation patients remember little or nothing at all about their treatments.
  • The gag reflex is inhibited.