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Do you have anxiety about visiting the dentist?

Do you have anxiety about visiting the dentist?

Don’t worry, you aren’t alone. Every year, thousands of North Carolinians avoid the dentist because of anxiety or because they have trouble sitting comfortably in a dental chair. But putting off essential dental care is never the right decision. By doing so, you could be putting yourself at greater risk for oral health conditions like tooth decay, gum disease, and more serious health conditions.

Comfortable amenities and sedation dentistry

You don’t need to be anxious about your next dental visit. At Stanley Dentistry, we try to make your experience as stress-free as possible. From amenities like noise-canceling headphones and warm blankets to a variety of sedation options, our goal is to make you as comfortable as possible during your time with us. Many dental practices don’t offer IV sedation, and you may have some questions regarding how it works and what you can expect.

What is IV sedation?

IV sedation at Stanley Dentistry allows patients to enter a sleep-like state through their dental procedure. Patients can still breathe on their own with IV sedation, and there is no breathing tube. Just like other forms of sedation dentistry, IV sedation is designed to relax you and make you completely comfortable.

What should I expect from IV sedation?

IV sedation medication is delivered through a very small needle placed in either the top of your hand or within your inner elbow. At Stanley Dentistry, we require that our patients do not eat or drink six-eight hours prior to their IV sedation appointment, and a companion is required to take you to and from the dental office. Upon administration of the IV medication, you will quickly begin to feel relaxed and at ease. The sights, smells, and noises around you will dissipate.

While you enjoy our complimentary blankets, Bose earphones, and other amenities, you will feel completely relaxed and worry-free. There is no set amount of recovery time because every patient is different. However, many patients begin to feel more alert soon after the IV medication is stopped. You should not drive or operate heavy machinery for at least 24 hours after the end of your appointment.

Many patients that suffer from dental anxiety say that IV sedation has changed their entire outlook on going to the dentist. Stanley Dentistry patient Alicia said, “IV sedation is definitely the way to go for people who are afraid of the dentist like me. It’s the only way I will get my dental treatment in the future. I don’t remember anything!”

Other Sedation Options

Other sedation options at Stanley Dentistry include oral sedation, inhalation sedation, local anesthesia and general anesthesia. Our array of sedation dentistry services puts the control in your hands. We want to make your visit with us as stress and pain-free as possible. Contact us today to find out more about sedation options and how we can make you comfortable at Stanley Dentistry.

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