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Myths Surrounding Sedation

Myths Surrounding Sedation

For many people just the thought of going to the dentist is enough to make them break out in hives. Unfortunately that anxiety prevents people from seeking the treatment they need and a small filling can turn into a root canal when neglected.  Avoiding routine dental care can result in more invasive and very costly procedures that cannot be ignored.

Stanley Dentistry in Cary NC offers a stress-free solution—sedation dentistry. Chances are good that you’ve heard of sedation dentistry but may have some misconceptions about what is involved.


FICTION: Sedation dentistry is reserved for complex surgical procedures.

FACT: Sedation dentistry can be used for any procedure in the dental office. Although less frequent, it can be used for something as routine as a basic cleanings and dental exams for anxious patients. The bottom line is that we want you to feel relaxed while getting the care you need.

FICTION: Sedation dentistry is only for scared or anxious dental patients.

FACT: Sedation dentistry is probably most widely known for easing dental fears but that’s not the only dental application. Sedation dentistry has a variety of applications such as cosmetic procedures like veneers and implants, patients with high gag reflexes, medically compromised patients and those with special needs or disabilities.

FICTION: Sedation dentistry puts you to sleep.

FACT: Monitored Anesthesia Care (MAC) sedation combines local anesthesia with sedation and analgesia. This is a form of conscious sedation that allows patient feedback and airway maintenance while providing a comfortable procedure experience.


Stanley Dentistry employs a full-time nurse anesthetist to assist the dentists in monitoring all sedated patients. This allows the dentists greater control of patient consciousness and thus faster recovery and better procedure results.

If you or someone you know has been avoiding dental care due to anxiety, high gag reflex or another condition, contact Stanley Dentistry for a complimentary consultation. We are also pleased to offer complimentary second opinions. Call us today to Find Your Smile!

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