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 or text 803-324-7670 to schedule an appointment.
What is Dental Sedation?
At Cranford Dental we use Oral Conscious Sedation (OCS) to relax patients who express anxiety or fear about dental treatments.
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.
Contact our office by email or call or text 803-324-7670 to if you have any level of anxiety or want complex dentistry done in a relaxed state.
What is Training for Oral Conscious Sedation?
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.
Our staff members also went to training. Designated individuals in our office help patients before and during sedation appointments.
My residency included intense training and certification in IV Sedation. I determined that for most procedures, patients could relax without the cost and recovery time of being heavily sedated. I am proud of the attention our staff gives to patients to help them relax.Dr. Elizabeth Cranford Robinson
What Does Oral Conscious Sedation Involve?
Initially, 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.
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 Cranford Dental’s Blog.
Oral sedation will help you feel more relaxed during treatment. You may forget that you ever felt anxious about dentistry.
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 with oral conscious sedation. Obviously, a relaxed person in the chair is a big help to the dentist and the patient.
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?
You will not be asleep while the dentist works on your teeth. 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. In fact, you may not even remember the procedure afterwards.
How long will sedation last?
Sedation can last from about 2-6 hours depending on the strength of sedative the dentist gives you and how long your procedure takes.
Will the dentist monitor me?
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 the dentist do with sedation?
Our dentists use sedation with most dental procedures. As a rule, 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.
What are other options to make me relax?
Many of our patients arrive at Cranford Dental because they hear of our experience in calming anxious patients. With modern dentistry and a few calming techniques, there is really no need to be anxious about dental visits. We are thankful that we have been able to help many people get rid of dental anxiety.Dr. Bill Cranford
Often patients visit our office with the notion that they will be anxious and nervous during dental procedures; however, once they settle in the chair and discuss their dental needs with the dentist and assistant, they realize that they feel calm and unafraid.
We offer Nitrous Oxide for patients who want to relax without taking the time to use oral conscious sedation.
From our many years of experience with patients who deal with anxiety, we know that they relax best when they understand exactly what we will do during their treatment. Thus, we tell them what to expect and update them as we do their dentistry.
Can I overcome dental anxiety without sedation?
We developed techniques over the past 35+ years that help us in working with anxious patients. Thankfully, most leave our office relaxed and confident and happy with their experience.
Read our dentists’ post on overcoming dental anxiety to help learn to relax in the dental office. This is based on our many years of working with our patients in getting rid of anxiety during dental treatment. Contact our office if you want to discuss this with one of our dentists or staff members.
Will my insurance cover sedation?
Before your sedation appointment, our staff will review your insurance coverage and let you know if your plan will pay for sedation. You will know the out of pocket cost before you begin treatment.
Cranford Dental and Dental Sedation
Call or text Cranford Dental at 803-324-7670 or contact us online if you have questions or concerns about Oral Conscious Sedation.
We specialize in making anxious patients feel relaxed about dental treatment. We would love to welcome you to our office in Rock Hill, South Carolina.