Olde Raleigh (919) 914-9607 (located near Crabtree Valley Mall)

Sedation Learning Center

Does the thought of going to the dentist scare you?

If so, you’re not alone. Many patients have preconceptions or negative experiences that make a visit to the dentist a frightening experience. But we at Village Dental can help you. We strive to create a calm and relaxed environment for our patients, and part of that is offering sedation dentistry. We administer this process through nitrous oxide (commonly known as laughing gas) or an IV. As a board-authorized sedation practice, we are able to keep our patients relaxed through the entire process of their appointment and alleviate anxiety or worries.

Free Laughing Gas. Flexible Hours. Flexible Payment Options.

Sedation Learning Center

We have put together this comprehensive learning center for those patients that want to learn more about sedation dentistry and how it works. We hope these questions and answers will help you make a decision to choose sedation dentistry and get the dental care that you deserve.

Sedation dentistry works differently depending on which method of sedation you choose. We offer two types of sedation at Village Dental.

Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, is the most common form of sedation and is administered through inhalation. This sedation works best for patients with mild to moderate anxiety. You will recover quickly and be able to resume your normal activities immediately.

IV sedation will be placed by your doctor and administers a medication to help you reach a deeper state of relaxation. This is best for patients with more moderate to severe anxiety or for those that require longer or more complex procedures. You will need to have someone accompany you to your appointment because the effects will take a few hours to wear off and it is unsafe to drive yourself home from your appointment.

In most cases, you will not feel anything. You will experience very little discomfort and many patients wake up feeling relaxed with almost no memory of their treatment.

No, you will be conscious and responsive. Still, you will be in a deep state of relaxation.

Yes, sedation dentistry is closely regulated by the law. It is a safe and effective way for patients to get the dental treatment they require. Your doctor will help you decide if sedation is right for you and which type of sedation will be best for your treatment.

The time it takes for the sedation to wear off depends on which form of sedation you received, how long your treatment is, and how quickly your body can recover. With nitrous oxide, you will recover immediately after your treatment. With IV sedation, the effects can take a few hours to wear off and you should have someone accompany you to your appointment that can drive you home. After your treatment, you should not operate machinery, drive, or drink alcohol.

If you experience dental anxiety, you are a good candidate for sedation dentistry. Both children and adults can benefit from sedation. If you experience any of the following fears or concerns, ask your doctor about sedation as an option for your next dental appointment:

  • Extreme dental anxiety or fear of visiting the dentist
  • Fear of needles and/or shots
  • PTSD from a dental experience
  • Sensitive teeth, strong gag reflex, tolerance to numbing procedures
  • Sensitivity to smells or noises at the dentist
  • Need for complex treatment
  • Desire for a comfortable dental treatment

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Olde Raleigh (919) 914-9607
North Raleigh (919) 561-5721
Came in needing a crown and got great service in a comfortable environment.
Tony K.
After my first visit today, I will never dread going to the dentist again. From the minute I walked in the door, it was one friendly face after another… I'm looking forward to going back.
Kristen K.
It was a great experience. The staff was great. I used Nitrous which was most helpful for me. I highly recommend them.
Lee Ann B.
Demand Force
The staff at this dental office are amazing! I have always had bad experiences with dental visits in the past, but this was the first time that I actually felt calm and relaxed. The staff really make sure that you are comfortable and treat you with respect.
The staff at Olde Raleigh is amazing. They have made me feel completely comfortable. I am no longer afraid to go to the dentist.
Rachael D.
What a great experience! Asked for sedation and got just what I needed… Staff was wonderful; caring, concerned and putting me first. Can't say enough good about them. This is my new dentist.
Beth V.
Demand Force
I went in for a crown and buildup, the most comfortable I have felt at any dentist! They introduced me to nitrous gas and made me feel amazing! No pain at all!
Patricia B.
I've always been apprehensive when going to the dentist for any reason but Village Dental at Greystone may forever change the way I look at a dental appointment. The staff was friendly, welcoming and took great care to ensure my comfort throughout the appointment.
David P.
Demand Force
After avoiding the dentist for 17 years I finally went for a routine checkup. My fears were completely put at ease and I honestly had a great experience…No need to be afraid of the dentist as long as Village Dental is available!
Kelly H.
Demand Force
Dr. Martin and his staff make it the most pleasant experience it can possibly be. And they are awesome with my kids (3.5 and 5.5) as well!! Would not go anywhere else. I completely trust them, and I know they are honest about what I do and do not need.
Amy H
My dental experiences prior to Village Dental were very traumatic. As a result, I put off getting any dental care until pain forced me to schedule an appointment. The staff at Village Dental are extremely patient, caring, knowledgeable and professional and I am very happy with the care I received.
Marcia S.