If you or a loved one are experiencing extreme anxiety about your visit, we recommend talking with Dr. Banik or one of our team members about one of our sedation dentistry options.
Undergoing sedation allows our patients to relax and better manage the pain of any dental procedures. We especially recommend sedation to any patients who may have very sensitive teeth, are undergoing a more intense dental procedure, or have an extreme fear of shots or needles.
At Carolina Family Dentistry, we offer the following sedation dentistry options for our patients:
Nitrous Oxide, commonly known as laughing gas, is inhaled through the nose and provides patients with a calming and relaxing sensation. This form of sedation dentistry is the most affordable solution and enables you to remain awake so you are still able to drive to and from appointments.
Oral Conscious Sedation is an option providing a deeper level of relaxation for patients through an oral medication prescribed by Dr. Banik. When the sedation medication takes effect, you will have limited or no memory of your appointment and therefore must have someone with you to drive you to and from our office. If necessary, the oral conscious sedation can also be combined with the nitrous oxide.
Intravenous or IV Sedation is another option that will leave patients mostly asleep for the duration of their appointment. Through this method, medications are sent directly to your bloodstream by a certified nurse anesthetist who then monitors your health throughout your exam or procedure. This option often provides the deepest sleep for patients and therefore requires someone be available to drive you to and from your appointment.