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Sedation Dentistry

Sedation Dentistry in the Raleigh Area

Have you been delaying needed dental treatment due to dental anxiety? You are not alone. Nearly 75 percent of Americans experience some dental fear. If you experience feelings of nervousness or anxiety, you might be the perfect candidate for dental sedation.

Common reasons for dental anxiety include:

  • Fear of Pain
  • Feelings of Helplessness
  • Loss of Control
  • Embarrassment
  • Loss of Personal Space

Many patients delay dental treatment until they are experiencing pain. Often, by the time patients seek dental treatment they have multiple dental needs including periodontal disease, severe decay, and abscesses. Dental care is an important part of your overall general health. Dental sedation is the pharmacological approach to altering a patient’s awareness and consciousness. Axiom Dentistry offers several sedation options. Medications can vary based on the patient’s needs and medical history.

The most commonly offered form of dental sedation is the use of laughing gas. Since 1772, laughing gas has been safely used to reduce anxiety and pain with little-to-no side effects. Laughing gas is inhaled through a nasal hood. It can be administered at any time to almost any patient. It produces a euphoric feeling that can be adjusted throughout the dental procedure according to the patient’s needs. The effects are short-lived making it possible for patients to drive themselves both to and from their appointment. Once the laughing gas has been discontinued, the patient will breathe plain oxygen and be alert and awake within minutes. This form of sedation is best suited for low anxiety levels or light procedures such as routine cleanings.

In some cases, the level of anxiety that a patient suffers requires a deeper level of sedation. Oral medications can be extremely effective in treating more intense dental phobias. One or more of these medications can be used prior to dental treatment and can be combined with nitrous oxide gas to create a sleep-like state in which the patient will be able to respond to stimuli; however, will likely have no memory of the procedure. There can be risks associated with taking any prescribed or over-the-counter medication. For this reason, it is important to share an accurate and current medical history with your dentist and provide a list of all medications you may be taking.

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Nicole V.
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My experience from both Clayton and Benson has been amazing! My fear of going to the dentist is at ease. The staff is amazing and understanding! I had to reschedule a cleaning multiple times due to some issues health wise and surgery recovery a couple times and they were very understanding. Wonderful staff!!
Denise W.
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I know no one really enjoys going to the dentist, but the staff at Axiom’s Garner office are absolutely amazing! Their ability to ease my anxiety has made each visit a positive and pleasant experience.
Craig M.
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I always have a great experience with this practice. Lori has always been amazing. She takes care of my smile. Always provides great attention to detail. This office is ran smoothly, i definitely recommend.
Carla M.
Leesville Rd.
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Dr. K and All the doctors (the doctor I had on Wednesday, July 26, 2023 in Dr. K's apprentice [I can't rember her name] however she was wonderful) ALL THE STAFF were AMAZING! They were attending, friendly, and caring. They were very knowledgeable of what they were doing. The best Treatment experience Ever!!! I WILL NOT GO ANYWHERE ELSE! Leesville Rd is Awesome!
Sarah P.
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Dr. Ogar at Axiom Dentistry in Louisburg is exceptionally kind, patient, & compassionate, as well as knowledgeable in her field. Like many people I have high anxiety at dental appointments & even worse during procedures. This entire office is full of professionals that are without doubt deserving of a 5 star review.
Robert P.
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Great service! Appointments happen on time. The staff was very professional, great atmosphere set in the office with music, and doctors and assistants listened to you. Very enjoyable experience and recommend them to anyone looking for a dentist.
Toni C.
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The office staff are friendly and always helpful. The dentists and dental team are professional and provide top notch care. The facility is clean and inviting. I am always given an estimate in procedure costs before arriving at the office. I have recommended them to several family members and friends.

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