Sedation Dentistry in Little River, SC

Many people avoid dental care because they worry about a past experiences or discomfort. Little River sedation dentist, Dr. Hortman, is committed to providing North Myrtle Beach patients with a completely new style of dentistry where they have peace of mind and body while in the dental chair. In addition to televisions and headphones for music to help you relax, we offer sedation dentistry.

To promote total relaxation, we offer two kinds of sedation– nitrous oxide and oral conscious sedation. Nitrous oxide is a euphoria-inducing gas that you will inhale through a face mask. Effects of nitrous oxide subside immediately after use, so you can drive after your treatment if this is the only sedation you receive. The most popular form of sedation dentistry is oral conscious sedation, which involves a pill that you will take an hour prior to your appointment. Oral conscious sedation induces deep relaxation for 24 hours, so you must have a friend drive you to and from your appointment.

Benefits of Oral Conscious Sedation Dentistry

  • Retrograde amnesia. You will remember little, if anything, from your actual procedure.
  • "Twilight state." You will be conscious enough to respond to the doctor, but overall, you will feel very sleepy.
  • Suspension of time. Although you may have been in the dentist's chair for several hours, it will feel like just a few minutes.
  • Comprehensive treatment. We can complete several cosmetic or reconstructive procedures in just one visit.

If you fear dentistry, or need complex dental work in a short amount of time, sedation dentistry may be right for you. Sedation dentistry can also help people with back pain or sensitive gag reflexes get the care they need without stress or anxiety.

If you would like to learn more about your options with sedation dentistry, call Palmetto Dental Associates. We have provided residents of Little River and Myrtle Beach with comprehensive care for over 20 years.

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