Rock Hill SC Dental Sedation

Dental sedation will help if you struggle with anxieties over dental care. At Cranford Dental in Rock Hill, SC we like for you to feel calm and relaxed during your dental treatment. We use oral conscious sedation to help make your dental visit pleasant.

Contact our office if you have questions about sedation or call 803-324-7670 to schedule an appointment.

What is Dental Sedation?

dental-sedation-with-patientThe dental sedation that we use to relax patients is called oral conscious sedation, or OCS.

This sedation utilizes oral sedative medication to significantly reduce your fears and make you comfortable and relaxed during dental procedures. OCS does not require needles to administer and is less expensive than IV Sedation.

Unlike general anesthesia, which renders patients completely unconscious, oral conscious sedation will allow you to speak and breathe on your own. Although you will not be asleep, you will enjoy a heightened state of relaxation — and probably won’t remember much about the procedure afterwards.

Your appointment will be a dream. Hours in the chair will feel like minutes. You will experience little to no discomfort during your dental procedures.

If you are anxious about going to the dentist or want to save time by doing multiple procedures during one visit, oral sedation may be a good solution for you. Fear should not stop you from having a beautiful smile.

Our staff is trained in Sedation Dentistry and is committed to using it correctly. Dr. Elizabeth Cranford trained in oral and IV sedation dentistry during an Advanced Education Residency at the University of Florida and (more recently) by DOCS Education, an industry leader in sedation for dentists.


Contact our office by email or call 803-324-7670 to if you have any level of anxiety or want complex dentistry done in a relaxed state.


What is involved with Oral Conscious Sedation? 

Docs oral conscious sedationInitially, the dentist will take a detailed health history and do a thorough dental exam to determine that you are a candidate for oral conscious sedation. We tell you exactly what to expect before, during, and after your sedation appointment.

On the day of your dental appointment a companion will transport you to and from the office. When you arrive, your dentist will make sure you are comfortable.  She will monitor your comfort throughout your entire visit. You will communicate during treatment but may not remember the dental work as you leave the office.

Is Oral Conscious Sedation for me? 

Discuss your treatment goals with you dentist to determine if you will benefit from oral conscious sedation.

You may fear pain or feel nauseous with the sounds and smells of a dental office.  You may have had a traumatic past dental experience. Oral sedation would help you enjoy your visit.

If you want to feel more relaxed during treatment or to get your dentistry done in a short time period. Oral sedation would help you.

Some of our patients have reflux problem or other physical reasons that make dentistry hard for them.  Oral sedation helps these patients.

We can often do complex dental treatments (that require several appointments) in one appointment when the patient is relaxed in the dental chair.

If you have any anxieties about the dentist please let us know. Fear should not stop you from having a beautiful smile.

Will I be unconscious during Oral Conscious Sedation?

No, but you will be in a deep state of relaxation during your treatment. You will still be able to breathe on your own and communicate, but you will not feel any pain or anxiety. You may not even remember the procedure afterwards.

How long will I be sedated?

Sedation can last from about 2-6 hours depending on the strength of sedative you are given and how long your procedure takes.

Will I be monitored?

Yes, at all times during your sedation someone will be with you. We also monitor your vitals to make sure they remain at a normal level. Safety is of the utmost importance to us.

Are there any long term effects of sedation? 

No. You will feel a little groggy and “out of it” after some forms of sedation, but after a few hours you will feel like yourself again. Someone should drive you home from your dental appointment.

What procedures can be performed under sedation?

Just about any procedure can be performed with sedation. The sedation is not for the procedure itself, but for the anxiety that accompanies the procedure. Ask your dentist if sedation is available for a particular procedure.

 Will my insurance cover sedation?

We will review your insurance coverage and let you know if Sedation is covered or not. If it is not covered we will let you know the cost and, if necessary, put together a financing plan for you.

Call Cranford Dental at 803-324-7670 or email our office if you have questions or concerns about Oral Conscious Sedation.

Dr. Elizabeth Robinson recently fixed Dr. Bill Cranford’s front four teeth using Oral Conscious Sedation.   Read his report of Dr. Cranford’s sedation experience on our Blog.