According to the American Dental Association, 22% of people avoid going to the dentist due to dental fear, although some studies cite higher figures. Even when people experience warning signs of dental issues including severe toothaches, dental fear can prevent them from seeking care. Dr. Daniel G. Miller and the team at Central Avenue Dental provide a combination of positivity, comfortable amenities, and minimally invasive dental technology to help you overcome your concerns. Dr. Daniel G. Miller offers three levels of sedation dentistry in Charlotte, NC based on your unique degree of dental fear, personal preference, and the type of procedures you require.
In addition to alleviating dental fear, a big advantage of sedation dentistry is that most patients feel like their dental procedure lasted a few minutes, even when it took a couple of hours. Sedation dentistry also enables you to withstand longer periods of time being treated, so procedures that typically require multiple visits can be performed quicker in fewer appointments. This makes it a perfect option for more complex dental procedures, such as full mouth dental implants.
Oral sedation relieves dental fear without the use of needles or intravenous tubes and is a potential option if you’re resistant to local numbing anesthetics. This sedation requires a designated person to drive you to and from the office. About an hour prior to your appointment, you’ll take a small pill that induces mild drowsiness. Once you’re completely relaxed and comfortable at our office, Dr. Daniel G. Miller will start treatment. Your vital signs are monitored throughout the procedure to ensure your health and safety.
Dr. Daniel G. Miller has advanced training and certification in moderate conscious IV sedation, which is a benefit since he can administer this sedation himself. IV sedation is an ideal choice for patients with severe anxiety and those needing more complex treatments. Due to the amnesic effects of the medication, many patients who receive IV sedation forget parts of their care or the entire procedure. Due to some lasting effects, someone will need to drive you home afterward.
A mainstay of sedation dentistry for decades, nitrous oxide is still the most widely used dental sedation method in the U.S. Within five minutes of inhaling the colorless and odorless gas, pain is neutralized as you experience a euphoric feeling spreading throughout your body. With nitrous oxide, a dental procedure can begin within minutes and Dr. Daniel G. Miller can easily alter the depth of sedation from minute to minute. This completely safe sedation method provides a nearly painless and fear-free dental experience with relatively few side effects.
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