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Sedation Dentistry In Chapel Hill

At Brightside Family Dental, our goal is to deliver expert dental care in a safe environment. If you have dental anxiety or are nervous about an upcoming dental procedure, we can help you with nitrous oxide sedation. Dr. Mistry has years of experience in dental sedation, and can ensure you get the dental care you need without feelings of anxiety and fear. Contact us now to schedule an appointment.

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Signs Sedation Is Right For You

You have a low pain tolerance and are worried about discomfort during your treatment
You are undergoing multiple lengthy dental procedures and want to feel more comfortable

What Is Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry is the practice of using sedatives during dentistry to keep patients feeling safe and secure throughout their procedure. The sedatives used in sedation dentistry include laughing gas, anti-anxiety pills, and even sedatives delivered intravenously (through a vein) using a needle, depending on the situation.

The goal of sedation dentistry is to ensure patients can get the help they need to restore their oral health, even if they suffer from dental anxiety or are nervous about an upcoming surgery like a tooth extraction. Along with local numbing, sedation totally eliminates discomfort and helps you get the dental care you need without fear, anxiety, or feelings of panic.  

What Type Of Sedation Dentistry Can I Get?

At Brightside Family Dental, we offer nitrous oxide sedation, also known as “laughing gas” or “minimal sedation.” This type of sedation involves no pills or needles. Instead, Dr. Manish Mistry will place a comfortable mask over your nose during your procedure.

Then, you’ll simply breathe in through your nose, inhaling a mixture of pure oxygen and nitrous oxide. Nitrous oxide has a strong anti-anxiety effect, and will help you feel more calm and safe during your procedure. It also helps eliminate pain and discomfort. You also will remain fully conscious, aware of your surroundings, and responsive to commands.

Best of all, sedation with nitrous oxide has minimal side effects, which are usually limited to confusion, headache, nausea, and dizziness. The gas will wear off after about 5 minutes, so you can get right back to your daily routine, and even go back to work after your appointment.

Am I A Good Candidate For Nitrous Oxide Sedation?

As long as you are healthy and do not have any conditions that may rule you out as a candidate, such as serious respiratory problems, nitrous oxide sedation is likely a good choice for you. 
However, to make sure you’re safely sedated, Dr. Mistry will need to discuss your medical history, prescription drugs and supplements you’re taking, and other information. 

Can I Be Sedated For Any Procedure?

Yes. As long as you are a good candidate for sedation at our office, we can offer nitrous oxide sedation for any procedure at our office, even standard teeth cleanings and minor dental work like dental fillings. Note, however, that sedation will add additional costs to your procedure. Dr. Mistry can provide you with more information during your appointment.

Is Sedation Safe?

Yes, when dental sedation is administered by an experienced and certified dentist, it is very safe. Whenever you undergo a medical procedure or take medications such as sedation, there is always a small risk that you incur. 

The good news is, we carefully vet your medical history to ensure that you’re a good candidate beforehand. Nitrous oxide is also the mildest and safest sedative which poses the least risk. When you undergo moderate to deep sedation, the risks increase. 

You will be fully conscious under nitrous oxide, so you can respond and understand what is going on around you, but you will feel very relaxed and a little sleepy. We will monitor your oxygen levels during the procedure and when we are done, we will flush the mask with pure oxygen to remove all of the remnants of laughing gas.

Do You Feel Pain With Sedation?

No, sedation used in conjunction with anesthetic makes your dental procedure virtually painless! With nitrous oxide, there are no needles involved to administer the anesthetic. All you do is inhale nitrous oxide and oxygen through a nasal mask and it takes effect within a few minutes. 

During your procedure, you will feel relaxed and at ease and the sedation will completely relieve any pain and fear. Following the procedure, you may feel some minor pain or tenderness once the anesthetic wears off depending on what work needs to be done on your teeth. However, with routine procedures like dental cleanings or fluoride treatments, you won’t feel any lingering discomfort.

I Have Dental Anxiety, Am I a Good Candidate for Sedation?

If you have dental anxiety, this makes you an ideal candidate for sedation. In addition to relieving dental anxiety, we can also suppress a strong gag reflex, tooth sensitivity, low pain tolerance, and restlessness. 

The most important factor in determining your eligibility for sedation is a review of your medical history. People with certain medical conditions, who are pregnant or breastfeeding, or taking certain medications may not be good candidates for sedation. 

This is especially so if they suffer from a respiratory condition that makes it difficult to breathe. Even if you have a cold that is affecting your ability to breathe through your nose, we need to be made aware of this information. You need to be able to adequately breathe through your nose when receiving nitrous oxide.

Schedule Your Sedation Consultation Today!

Curious about sedation, but not sure if it’s right for you? Contact us at Brightside Family Dental today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Manish Mistry. Dr. Mistry will ask you a series of questions related to your medical history and overall health that can help us determine if you are a good candidate for dental sedation. The good news is, dental sedation, especially nitrous oxide, is suitable for most people.

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anne w.

"I highly recommend Dr. Mistry! He is very thorough and knowledgeable! I recently had a root canal and was nervous about the procedure but Dr. Mistry did an excellent job! He took the time to make sure there was no pain and the healing process went smoothly. He also explained each part of the procedure in a way I was able to fully understand."

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"Dr. Mistry was AWESOME. Usually, I am nervous about going to the dentist but he explained the procedure so that I could understand. I left there pain free. My sister Wendy Jarrell referred me and I am grateful.

On behalf of the Jarrell family... We thank you."

bill h.

"Dr. Mistry did a wonderful job on my teeth, particularly the work he did on a bridge on the left side. I would highly recommend him to anyone for your dental needs!"

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– Dr. Mistry

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