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

 (704) 540-2255

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

Imagine 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 use sedation dentistry.

With sedation dentistry in Charlotte, NC, you arrive at our spa-like practice. We give you a few small pills to take and an hour later you are in a state of complete relaxation. Some of our patients get so relaxed that they doze into a sleep-like state. We complete the procedure, you wake up, and then you go home to rest. It’s that simple; you barely feel anything during the procedure.

What is Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation Dentistry is a wonderful way to have your dentistry completed.  It can take many forms.  The first and probably most well known form is laughing gas or Nitrous Oxide.  Along with oxygen, nitrous oxide can be given to patients nasally and 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 a 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.

Mild Conscious to moderate conscious sedation dentistry can be achieved through the use of an oral sedative cocktail or administered intravenously.  This creates an experience of what you might experience while dreaming.  Patients lose track of time and often fall comfortably asleep.  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.

General Anesthesia is the strongest and most powerful form of sedation dentistry provided at the Ballantyne Center for Dentistry.  Many times there are situations where dentistry should be done when you are completely unconscious.  If you require this deepest form of sedation, fear not, we can help.

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 is right for anyone who wants the dental care they need without the pain or fear they’ve come to expect. It is particularly useful if you:

  • Have fears that make you delay or avoid proper dental care
  • Have had a bad experience with dentists in the past
  • Have a strong gag reflex
  • Suffer acute or chronic jaw soreness
  • 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
  • Are embarrassed about the condition of your teeth and want to take action
  • Have sensitive teeth
  • Hate the sight of needles
  • Physical limitations such as back or neck problems

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

Sedation Dentistry FAQs

Anxiety Dentistry Charlotte, NCCould I benefit from sedation dentistry?

You could benefit from sedation dentistry if you experience feelings of fear, stress or anxiety about dental treatment. Sedation dentistry is also beneficial for adults that have difficulty getting numb, are afraid of needles, have a sensitive gag reflex or a physical condition that makes it hard to keep the jaw open or sit still for an extended period of time.

Sedation dentistry can be used for nearly any exam, cleaning or treatment, including the placement of dental implants, crowns or veneers.

What are the types of sedation dentistry?

There are three primary types of sedation:

  • nitrous oxide (laughing gas), which is administered through a mask placed over the nose
  • oral sedation, which is administered through an oral pill prior to the dental visit
  • IV sedation, which is administered intravenously while in the dental chair

What are the side effects of sedation dentistry?

Sedation dentistry does not usually cause side effects. Some patients report hiccups that last for a few minutes. And the most commonly reported side effect is that patients do not have any memory of treatment — but this is considered by many to be a positive! In rare cases, it can cause dry mouth, headaches, dizziness and nausea.

How much does dental sedation cost?

The cost of sedation dentistry depends on the type of medication and how it is administered. We can provide more detailed pricing information to you during a consultation.

Will I be asleep during treatment?

You will most likely be in an extremely relaxed and dreamlike state where you are able to respond to our questions and commands. You may fall asleep during treatment, but can be easily awoken with a gentle nudge.

Are the oral pills safe to take?

Yes, your safety is our ultimate priority. Before prescribing any pills, we will review your medical history to check for any contraindications or dangerous drug interactions. After you take the prescribed medication, we will monitor you continuously throughout treatment for your safety.

Will I remember anything after treatment?

After your visit, you should have very little recollection of the appointment.

Is oral or IV sedation safe for use in expectant mothers?

Generally, our dentists prefer to delay sedation dentistry until after pregnancy, except in the case of emergency treatment. In those cases, our dentists will recommend the safest and most effective option.

Is sedation dentistry safe for children?

Whether sedation dentistry is safe for children depends on their age, weight, medical history and other factors. Nitrous oxide is usually a good option for children that feel nervous or anxious about dental treatment. For anxiety issues that are more severe, we offer IV sedation for children over the age of 14.

Are the dentists at Ballantyne Center for Dentistry qualified to administer sedation dentistry?

Yes, we are certified to administer IV sedation and oral sedation. The law requires that any dentist that is able to administer oral sedation also be certified for IV sedation. If we have a patient that requires general anesthesia, we work with a board certified anesthesiologist group.


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