Sedation Dentistry Chapel Hill, NC

Sedation Dentistry An Overview

Dental anxiety and fear are leading causes of poor oral health among adult patients. Although there are many reasons for experiencing anxiety and feelings of fear or stress when contemplating a dental visit, for many it is the result of a previous bad experience in the dentist chair. Whatever the reason for your fear, Tarheel Family Dentistry strives to help patients identify and discuss their concerns and to educate them on all aspects of their dental care to help alleviate stress.

Dental sedation can also be used to help patients relax during their visit so that they can restore their oral health and achieve their aesthetic goals. Dr. Robinson offers oral conscious sedation, a prescribed sedative that is often taken at home before your procedure. While sedated, patients can often undergo more than one dental procedure making it possible to address a range of concerns in one visit.

How Does Oral Sedation Work?

Oral conscious sedation is taken as a prescribed pill which typically includes an at home dose to ensure you are completely relaxed at the time of your scheduled treatment. For this reason, patients will need to arrange for an escort to and from our office for their safety.

The oral sedative will allow patients to be alert and responsive, in control of their bodily functions during treatment while feeling completely relaxed and stress-free. Some patients may feel sleepy or even fall asleep while sedated and most have little to no memory afterward. Oral sedation can take time to become effective and to wear off, something to take in consideration when planning your day.

Sedation Dentistry FAQs

Is oral sedation available for patients of all ages?

Dr. Robinson will offer oral sedation as needed to patients who are anxious or who will be undergoing extensive dental work. For fearful children, oral sedation is considered on a case by case basis. Dr. Robinson will discuss the medical history of each patient before prescribing a sedative to ensure their safety.

Is dental sedation covered by insurance?

This will vary depending on your specific insurance provider. Our office will work with you to estimate what is covered and provide your portion of the total cost for your consideration.