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 and Dr. Jamison Probst are happy to offer sedation dentistry. Dr. Spencer and Dr. Probst has advanced training in sedation and is able to administer sedation right in our office.

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How Sedation Works?

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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.
  • 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.
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Why Choose us for Sedation Dentistry?

For a Safe and Comfortable Dental Experience

Dr. Spencer and Dr. Probst are 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.

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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.

Your comfort is of the utmost importance to us, and we want you to know that you can enjoy your visits to the dentist. Schedule your next dental appointment with sedation dentistry today!

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