Do you have dental anxiety? If so, sedation dentistry may be the perfect way for you to receive the treatment you need. Dental anxiety can stem from previous negative dental experiences or misinformation, and it can prevent you from receiving the dental care you deserve. But with sedation dentistry, you will be able to relax and complete your treatment at Carolina Smiles.
IV Sedation: If you are having your wisdom teeth removed or if you have high dental anxiety, IV sedation might be your best option. We will insert an IV into your arm and administer medication which will calm and relax you. One of our trained assistants will be with you at all times, and most patients do not remember the procedure at all. Due to the nature of the sedation, you would need a driver the day of your procedure.
Nitrous Oxide: Commonly known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide is administered through a mask placed over your nose. This is a light sedation option, so you will still be awake and able to communicate. It works by inhibiting receptors in your brain, which will reduce any pain. We will continue to give you oxygen until the nitrous oxide is out of your system, so you are able to safely drive home.
Third molars, commonly referred to as wisdom teeth, are the last set of molars to erupt, typically making an entrance around age 17. These molars are located at the back of your mouth and do not always have the space they need to come in properly. Instead, they can become impacted (stuck under the gum) in potentially harmful positions.
If your wisdom teeth remain impacted, they can cause infection, pain, and issues with your other teeth. We might take a panoramic radiograph or a CT scan to allow Dr. Wilkes to evaluate the position of your wisdom teeth and determine if they need to be extracted.