Ballantyne Center for Dentistry
15105 John J. Delaney Dr., Suite K Charlotte NC 28277 (704) 274-2992

 (704) 274-2992

Thanks to sedation dentistry, thousands of patients now enjoy visits to Ballantyne Center for Dentistry even though they once feared going to the dentist.

Sedation Dentistry CharlotteImagine achieving your dream smile COMFORTABLY. It happens every day at Ballantyne Center for Dentistry, with a range of sedation dentistry options available to our Charlotte patients. Imagine enjoying going to the dentist!

Not only do we use the latest techniques, materials, and technology at Ballantyne Center for Dentistry, we also use sedation dentistry.

What is Sedation Dentistry?

With sedation dentistry in Charlotte, NC, you arrive at our spa-like practice and we can put you into a state of complete relaxation. Some of our patients get so relaxed that they doze off into a sleep-like state. We complete the procedure, you wake up, and then you go home to rest. It’s that simple; you will not feel any pain during the procedure. Yet you are able to respond to our team’s verbal cues or a gentle nudge.

Sedation dentistry is a wonderful way to have your dental treatment completed comfortably and without pain. It can take many forms.

Nitrous Oxide or “Laughing Gas”

The first and probably most well-known form of sedation dentistry is laughing gas, or nitrous oxide. Patients inhale nitrous oxide (and oxygen) through a small mask placed over the nose; this creates a light or sometimes heavy feeling that many people describe as similar to having a few glasses of wine. But the great part is there is no hangover! And, you can drive yourself to and from your appointments. Nitrous oxide is very safe and has been used very successfully for years by dentists.


We also provide a service called Nu-Calm™. This procedure is an all-natural sedation method that causes deep relaxation without any chemicals or medications. Some of our patients swear that this is as close as it gets to a Zen type of dental experience.

Sedation Dentistry CharlotteConscious Sedation

Mild conscious to moderate conscious sedation dentistry can be administered through the use of an oral sedative cocktail or intravenously. The result is an experience similar to dreaming; patients lose track of time and often fall to sleep comfortably. This type of sedation requires an escort as patients will not be able to drive a car or operate at full capacity for around 24 hours. With this type of sedation dentistry, most patients don't even remember their visit to the office. We continuously monitor your vital signs during treatment to ensure that everything proceeds smoothly and you are safely and comfortably sedated.

Deep sedation and general anesthesia are the strongest and most powerful forms of sedation dentistry provided at the Ballantyne Center for Dentistry. In dentistry there are some situations in which the patient should not be completely conscious. If you require this deepest form of sedation, fear not. We can help.

Sedation dentistry should be performed by a dentist specifically trained and experienced in sedation procedures. Most of the government entities that regulate professional licensing require focused training in all aspects of sedation dentistry to ensure dentists are sufficiently skilled in this area.

Both Dr. Christian Yaste and Dr. Joseph Hufanda are certified in oral sedation by DOCS (Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation). In addition Dr. Joe and Dr. Satterlee have received certification in I.V. Dental Sedation. General anesthesia is provided at the Ballantyne Center for Dentistry by our board certified anesthesia group.

Who is a candidate for sedation dentistry?

Sedation may be a good option for anyone who wants or needs dental care without the pain, fear or anxiety they’ve come to expect. It may be particularly useful to you if you:

  • Have fears that make you delay or avoid proper dental care
  • Have had bad experiences with dentists in the past
  • Have a strong gag reflex
  • Suffer acute or chronic jaw soreness and have trouble keeping your mouth open for extended periods of time
  • Dislike the sights, sounds and smells associated with a dental office
  • Have trouble getting numb
  • Need a lot of dental work done, but don’t have time for several appointments
  • Have sensitive teeth
  • Hate the sight of needles
  • Have physical limitations such as back or neck problems
  • Are embarrassed about the condition of your teeth and want to take action

If you are interested in sedation dentistry, know that you will be carefully screened to ensure it is safe. You will be asked about your past medical history, medications and any current health conditions. This information helps our dentists determine whether sedation dentistry is appropriate for your needs and if so, the best method. Certain medications and health conditions can compromise the safety of sedation dentistry, so we want to make sure we understand your full health status before recommending sedation dentistry.

Benefits of Sedation Dentistry

Sedation dentistry has several advantages. First, it helps us meet the goal of providing each of our patients with a comfortable dental experience. At the Ballantyne Center for Dentistry, we believe that receiving the dental care you need should not invoke fear, anxiety, or stress, and sedation dentistry lets us accomplish this for even the most fearful patient.

Secondly, sedation dentistry is an excellent way to receive all your necessary dental work in fewer visits. In many cases, dental work that would normally take three or four visits can be condensed into one, letting patients emerge with a beautiful smile and no memory of their treatment.

Sedation dentistry makes it easy to receive dental implants, crowns, dental veneers, or any other treatment! It can make complex dental treatments like smile makeover and full mouth reconstruction feel like they happened in a moment. Patients often tell us that it felt as though their appointment took a few minutes, when it actually took a several hours.

Also, patients that receive sedation dentistry are more likely to return for regular dental care. They are less likely to neglect oral hygiene habits and develop problems that require extensive or costly treatment in the future.

Learn More about Sedation Dentistry

To learn more about the sedation dentistry options available at our practice in Charlotte, NC, contact our cosmetic dentistry practice today.


Free Cosmetic Consult with Simulated Before and After Smile Makeover Pictures ($275 value)

Dissatisfied with the Appearance of your Smile?

Learn More

Free Dental Implant Screening with 3D CT Scan ($500 value)

Broken, Missing, Decayed or Loose Teeth?

Learn More

Contact us about a Free Sedation Consultation

Dental Anxiety or Fear of the Dentist?

Learn More

Reading this book will help you discover if Dental Implants are right for you.

Free Gift! Our New Book: "Open Your Mouth"

Learn More

How to Choose a

Cosmetic Dentist

As Seen On