Sedation Dentistry

We use advanced sedation dentistry in Charlotte, NC for a wide variety of in-house services. Our goal is to ensure you are comfortable, calm and relaxed through any dental treatment or dental procedure. Our team will work closely with you to assess what fears you may have and determine a treatment option that feels comfortable for you.

Sedation Dentistry in Charlotte, NC

Sedation dentistry is the use of any dental sedation to reduce stress, anxiety, and any physical pain associated with dental treatment. Sedation is a safe and convenient way to help you feel more relaxed when receiving treatment at Horizon Dental. We offer conscious sedation for our patients to feel more relaxed. We also offer IV sedation for surgical procedures, such as wisdom teeth removal or dental implants.

It’s important that you feel comfortable and safe during your procedure. Before any procedure, your doctor will recommend the appropriate level of sedation that meets your needs. Then, we will set up your appointment and plan accordingly for your procedure, knowing that you will be relaxed and calm during the dental appointment.

picture of woman receiving sedation in dental chair while doctor works on her teeth

Meet Our IV Sedation-Certified Doctor

Dr. Sam McManama, dentist at Horizon Dental CLT

Dr. Sam McManama

Dr. Sam completed his DDS at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and now provides superior, quality dental care for patients in Charlotte, NC. He also focuses specifically on dental implants and providing IV sedation.

  • Is IV sedation safe?

    Yes! IV sedation is one of the safest forms of sedation as we can quickly tailor the medications to each patient’s level. We offer IV sedation to healthy individuals with no major health conditions. It is important to note that you will need a driver to and from your appointment as it is not safe to operate machinery following IV sedation. If you are curious if you are eligible for IV sedation, contact our office and we will be happy to answer any of your questions.

  • What is laughing gas and what does it do?

    Nitrous Oxide, also known as laughing gas, is a mild sedative that can help reduce anxiety. It will not make you fall asleep. It is colorless and odorless, and its effectiveness comes from its quick action and the ability to be easily reversed. It is widely considered a safe method of dental sedation.

  • What type of anesthesia are used for dental work?

    The most common types of anesthesia used are local anesthesia, oral sedation, and IV sedation.

    Local anesthesia is a numbing medication that is injected directly into the area that is to be treated—usually the gums around an infected tooth.

    Oral sedation is a more convenient type of anesthesia. There is a brief period of sedation, and often little memory of the procedure. You take a pill approximately one hour before your procedure begins. By the time the dentist begins working, you feel completely relaxed.

    IV sedation produces a more profound experience that usually leaves no memory of the actual procedure. It’s typically used for more intensive procedures like tooth extractions, dental implants, or other surgical procedures; however, the patient is conscious during the process.

  • What are the potential side effects of sedation dentistry?

    While sedation dentistry is generally safe, some potential side effects may occur, including drowsiness, nausea, vomiting, headache, and temporary memory loss. These side effects are usually mild and transient, resolving on their own shortly after the procedure.

  • Can I eat before sedation dentistry?

    Before undergoing sedation dentistry, it is generally recommended to avoid eating or drinking for a certain period as instructed by your dentist or oral surgeon. This helps prevent complications such as nausea and vomiting during the procedure. Your dentist will provide specific pre-operative instructions based on the type of sedation being used.

More Questions?

If you have more questions about dental sedation and the procedures used by Horizon Dental, please contact our office and we will be happy to discuss further.

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Horizon Dental

13425 Hoover Creek Blvd.
Suite 204
Charlotte, NC 28273
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Monday: 8:00am - 4:00pm
Tuesday: 7:00am - 3:00pm
Wednesday: 7:00am - 3:00pm
Thursday: 7:00am - 3:00pm
Friday: 7:00am - 2:00pm
Saturday & Sunday: Closed


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