Do you fear going to the dentist’s office? Do you feel anxious or nervous leading up to or during dental treatments? Many patients have these fears, and we cater to cowards. Dr. Derek C. Barnes is pleased to offer sedation dentistry in Charlotte, North Carolina. Sedation dentistry is the use of medication to help patients relax during dental procedures. There are several levels of sedation. With minimal sedation, a patient is awake, but relaxed and calm. Moderate sedation may cause you to slur when speaking and not remember much about the dental treatment. Deep sedation puts a patient on the edge of the consciousness, but they can be awakened. General anesthesia causes the patient to become completely unconscious.

Our dentist may place a small mask over your nose, through which you will breathe nitrous oxide, or laughing gas. This will help you relax and will wear off quickly after your dental procedure. With this minimal sedation, you will be able to drive yourself home afterwards. Oral sedation ranges from minimal to moderate, depending on the dosage given. Our dentist will have you take a pill about an hour before your procedure. With IV sedation, our dentist will use an IV to administer the drug and adjust the level of sedation as needed. With general anesthesia, you will be deeply asleep until the anesthesia wears off after the procedure.

Feel free to contact our dental office today to learn more and to schedule your next appointment.