fear of the dentist

Don’t Let the Fear of The Dentist Keep You Away

Don’t Let the Fear of The Dentist Keep You Away. Many of our new patients come to us because they’re anxious about having dental work done.  It’s quite common for adults to fear pain during procedures. In fact, some people will even avoid stepping foot in the door because of it. Not only is this a bad idea for the health of your teeth, but it’s unnecessary.  Our office offers various forms of dental sedation in Raleigh, NC to make your experience as peaceful as possible!

When you choose sedation dentistry, some types of medications can leave you with little to no memory of the procedure at all; time will pass by quicker. If you need to take the edge off prior to coming into the office – than we have something for that too.  Even when you think it’s not – it is possible to experience no anxiety and have a pain free dental appointment.

Sedation Dentistry Options in Raleigh

With any type of dental work, you’ll usually need a local anesthetic that numbs the area being treated. This ensures that you don’t feel any pain. But this type of pain relief doesn’t help with anxiety. So, if being nervous is a real issue, then you can consider some of the following options to go along with it:


  • Nitrous Oxide

    is more commonly known as “laughing gas.” A nosepiece allows you to breathe in a mixture of oxygen and nitrous gas. Within seconds, your nerves will subside.  This is a very safe sedation method and is commonly used in children because it works and wears off quickly.


  • Oral Sedation

    (conscious sedation) is administered in pill or liquid form.  Normally you take anywhere from one to three tablets before your scheduled appointment.  Once the medicine starts to work, you’ll begin to feel quite relaxed. Many patients are so at ease with this type of sedative that they allow themselves to fall asleep during the procedure. There’s nothing wrong with taking a nap in the dental chair! Oral sedation doesn’t “knock you out”.  You’re still able to be easily awoken and can respond to our prompts or instructions. The effects of oral sedation do stay in your system for several hours, so you’ll want to make sure you go home and rest while it wears off. When you come back to, you may not even remember a thing, because these sedatives tend to cause an amnesiac effect.


  • IV Sedation:

    The deepest form of sedation available is delivered as an IV medication so that it enters directly into your bloodstream. This method may be your preferred option if your dental treatment it longer or more involved. You will still be able to respond when spoken to, but you won’t remember anything.


With all the options we have to offer, the right one is available to fit your preferences.  When you come into our Raleigh sedation dentistry office for a consultation, we’ll discuss your medical history and assess your level of anxiety.  From there, we’ll be able to recommend the right form of sedation for you.


If it’s been a while since you had an exam, then call Raleigh Dental Arts today.  We look forward to meeting you and helping you enjoy a peaceful oral health experience!


Tarun Agarwal

Dr. Tarun Agarwal, DDS is considered one of the top dentists in the country. He is a recognized speaker, author, and dental leader. He has been featured on CBS, NBC, ABC, FOX, and News 14 Carolina. Dr. Agarwal has been awarded '40 under 40' Business Leaders by the Triangle Business Journal. He is regularly invited to teach other dentists around the world and recently built a training center within the practice dedicated to sharing his expertise. Most importantly he is a loving husband and dedicated father of three wonderful children. His biggest accolade was being voted 'Best Dad in the World' by 2 of his 3 kids.