Anxiety-Free (Conscious Sedation) Dentistry Offered at Bluffton Center for Dentistry
What is Anxiety-Free Dentistry?
If you are one of those for whom a dental visit can be a stressful, fear-inducing event, anxiety-free dentistry or conscious sedation – a type of short-term anesthesia – may be the answer.
There are several types of anxiety-free dentistry available. Bluffton Center for Family Dentistry chooses oral sedation, which is a safe, easy-to-use method ideal for relieving anxiety. Dr. Porcellis uses oral sedation for many procedures, from simple tooth cleanings, to more invasive treatments like implants and gum surgery. With this type of anesthesia, patients can expect to:
- Feel practically no discomfort.
- Have little (or no) memory of the procedure the next day.
- Be administered less anesthesia.
At Bluffton Center for Dentistry, conscious sedation is administered in pill form rather than by injection. The medication takes roughly an hour to become fully effective, and it creates a relaxed, comfortable state of mind. When your dentist begins your procedure, you will be awake and able to respond to questions. However, you are unlikely to remember the visit at all once the medication wears off, and your procedure will seem to have taken much less time than they did.
Although anxiety-free dentistry does take away the sensations of fear and anxiety, the dentist may need to administer medication for pain for some dental treatments. However, the dentist will administer any injections after you are sedated, in order to eliminate any uncomfortable sensations. In addition, you will probably have no memory of the injection after the medication wears off.
It is important to have someone escort you to and from your Bluffton dental visit. Although you may feel fine, the effects of the medication could both become effective early and take extra time to wear off, which makes it dangerous to drive. So it is best to ask someone to come to your procedure with you in order to drive you to the office, and back home.
Qualifications of a Sedation Dentist
Dr. Porcelli has been certified with the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation (DOCS) since 2009. DOCS provides specialized training in oral sedation to ensure all proper sedation techniques are used.