If the thought of undergoing a dental treatment leaves you feeling anxious or nervous, you’re not alone. Dental phobia is estimated to affect up to 15 percent of Americans. If you are planning to undergo a lengthy or invasive procedure at our Lauren, MS, dental practice, or if you simply feel anxious about dental care, Dr. Robert Culpepper or Dr. Chadwick Harris can provide you with safe and relaxing sedation dentistry. Our office also serves nearby Hattiesburg.
Are You a Candidate?
There are many reasons why you may be a good candidate for sedation dentistry. One of our doctors may recommend this option if you:
- Have a fear of needles
- Had a traumatic dental procedure in the past
- Are extremely sensitive to dental treatment
- Have restless legs
- Dislike feeling confined
- Are about to undergo an invasive procedure like dental implant placement
Patients do not have to have dental phobia to be candidates for sedation dentistry. Many of our patients have difficulty sitting still for extended periods of time. If you are undergoing a lengthy procedure or multiple treatments, sedation dentistry can help you relax throughout your treatment at our Laurel office.
During your consultation, one of our doctors will determine if you are a good candidate for sedation dentistry. For example, individuals with emphysema may not be candidates for nitrous oxide. Other patients may experience nausea from certain types of oral sedation. Pregnant women and individuals with certain medical conditions are not eligible for sedation dentistry.
We encourage you to let us know about anything we can do to make your experience under our care the best it can be.
Benefits of Sedation Dentistry
Sedation dentistry allows our doctors to work efficiently. When patients are comfortable and relaxed, procedures are generally easier to perform. Many of our patients report feeling euphoric, relaxed, calm, and restful while under the effects of sedation. Once the appropriate medication has been administered, a patient’s sense of time becomes altered. Even lengthy procedures that require one or more hours can seem to pass quickly.
Unlike general anesthesia, our safe and effective sedation options allow patients to remain conscious and responsive to the dentist. This can be beneficial if one of our doctors requires feedback. Sedation dentistry may add to the overall price of your procedure.
“Every member of the Harris Dental Staff is very friendly and seems to never have a bad day! I always feel very loved and very well taken care of. I would recommend this clinic thousands of times if I could. Love them all!”Julie R.
Nitrous oxide is an odorless gas that is administered through a thin tube that rests below your nose. Nitrous oxide enters the bloodstream through the lungs before reaching the patient’s central nervous system. Once the gas supply is cut off, the sedative effects quickly subside.
Oral sedation is administered through a prescription drug. The effects of these drugs are slow to wear off, meaning that patients should arrange for a ride following their procedure.
For procedures such as dental implant placement, we can arrange IV (intravenous) sedation. This method involves delivering a sedative directly to the bloodstream. It can be instantly adjusted to ensure the right amount of sedation throughout the treatment. As with oral sedation, you can expect to need time for the effects to wear off, and you should have a loved one drive you home after treatment.
Enjoy Comfortable and Relaxing Dental Procedures
To learn more about our sedation options or to schedule your next visit, please contact our office online or call (601) 649-3344. We encourage you to let us know about anything we can do to make your experience under our care the best it can be.
“Thanks to Dr. Culpepper and Tori for making it a comfortable atmosphere. My dentist and assistant are the best. Always feel like I'm with people who care and not there to just accept my money.” Michael Hill