Sedation Dentistry - Hickory, NC
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Experience the difference! Meet the team of dental experts that truly care about your anxiety. We have helped countless patients so far. Our trained experts will make sure to put you at ease with the latest and best in sedation dentistry.
40 million people are not getting the dental care they need for a healthy, beautiful smile. If you find yourself routinely avoiding scheduling your next dental appointment out of fear or anxiety, you may find comfort knowing you are not alone. However, this does mean you are at higher risk of dental concerns, such as gum disease or further complications from untreated issues. To help you get the treatment you need and improve your oral health Dr. Dale Spencer is happy to offer sedation dentistry. Dr. Spencer has advanced training in sedation and is able to administer sedation right in our office.
How Sedation Works?
‘See How We Treat Patients Who Need Sedation for Dental Treatment’
Types of Sedation Dentistry We Offer
Every patient’s fear or anxiety level is different. That means there will be a different trigger, or a different source of stress, worry or fear for each individual. Some patients may find they can remain calm and relaxed with a light sedation, where others may need deeper sedation to undergo more complex treatment. No matter what your needs may be, we have a type of sedation to help:
- Local anesthetic– This will numb the area at the site of dental work.
- Oral sedation– A pill is taken about an hour before your appointment to help you feel relaxed and calm during and after your procedure.
- Sedation– Dr. Spencer can perform sedation right in our office. This deeper level of sedation is ideal for those with high levels of anxiety or who are undergoing more complex procedures.
- Nitrous Oxide sedation– Also known as “laughing gas,” nitrous oxide is an odorless sedative that is inhaled through a mask, and helps patients feel calm and comfortable.
Why Choose us for Sedation Dentistry?
For a Safe and Comfortable Dental Experience
Dr. Spencer is certified in sedation to provide a safe dental experience while you get the treatment your smile needs. Whether you need light sedation or a deeper sedation within a controlled setting, we are here for you. From simple visits to the most complex cases, you will be amazed at how different your experience is with help from sedation dentistry.Meet Dr. Spencer
Sedation Dentistry Before and After
I had several issues with old fillings coming lose. The staff at Hickory Dental Care were quick and professional. Dr. Spencer, I have known personally for years but always does a great job. He explains everything thoroughly and includes you in his plan. It’s always nice to see him.
Dr. Spencer and his staff are professional and provide excellent dental services. This practice has been my dental provider for over 10 years. I had a crown and a filling today with ease…. Best part… they have the latest technology that allows you to leave the office the same day with your permanent crown…. No extra trips!!! My initial visit there over 10 years ago was for a crown, and I chose them because it was completed within 2.5 hours the same day.
I had a dental emergency and the folks at Hickory Dental made time for me as quickly as humanly possible. In just a few hours my problem was fixed and I was on my way. The price was very fair for the amount of time and expertise necessary. I would highly recommend the doctors and staff to anyone needing dental work.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is Sedation Dentistry Safe for Toddlers?
Just like you, many parents have this concern. Sedation dentistry is very safe for children but your dentist will recommend sedation only if it is needed. If your child gets nervous when going to a dentist, your dentist may recommend sedation.
How Much Does Sedation Dentistry Cost?
Sedation dentistry can be expensive. The cost will vary depending on the type of sedation and the number of appointments needed to complete your procedure. Usually, light sedation, like oral sedation or nitrous oxide inhalation, is relatively less expensive.
Does Sedation Dentistry Really Work?
Yes. Sedation dentistry eases your anxiety and phobia, which allows your dentist to work. So, it may result in fewer appointments, more efficiency, and a pain-free experience during the procedure.
Can I Drive after Sedation Dentistry?
No. Dentists often encourage patients not to drive after sedation dentistry, unless using only nitrous oxide. However, if this process involves the administration of prescription sedatives, it will affect your cognitive function. Getting behind the wheel under this condition could be dangerous. So, you should arrange for transportation.
What Drugs Are Used for Sedation Dentistry?
Nitrous oxide is the most commonly used sedative for inhalation sedation, while Diazepam and Midazolam are the oral sedatives for dental procedures, but there are a few other oral sedatives like Halcion, Zaleplon, and Lorazepam. Besides Meperidine, Morphine, and Butorphanol, dentists also use Midazolam and Diazepam as IV sedatives.