Sedation Dentistry in Myrtle Beach, SC

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If setting up appointments for dental procedures causes you anxiety and fear, you are not the only one. Men and women of all ages have distinct phobias about visiting the dentist. It is for this reason that Market Common Dentistry in Myrtle Beach, SC performs sedation dentistry that will enable you to feel safe and comfortable throughout a dental procedure or treatment. Dr. James Mills will meet with you during an appointment to thoroughly go over the various sedation alternatives available at Market Common Dentistry to find the best option for you.

Sedation Options

Commonly requested sedation dentistry methods are:

Nitrous oxide sedation, often referred to as laughing gas, is now a traditional type of sedation that provides mild and manageable sedation.

Oral-conscious sedation employs prescription medicine to allow patients minimized stress prior to and while undergoing the procedure. Most patients have very little memory of their visit. 

Intravenous (IV) sedation can be administered directly into an individual's vein to completely keep them calm throughout the process.

Best Candidates

Should you suffer from real anxiety and fear the idea of undergoing standard dental procedures, then you are probably a good candidate for sedation dentistry. Since there are powerful sedation methods for a variety of circumstances, Dr. Mills may ask you questions regarding your lifestyle and medical history to help determine which sedation option is most effective for you.

What to Expect

What to expect during sedation dentistry will differ based on what technique you have selected. For nitrous oxide sedation, the primary objective is to temporarily calm an individual by putting a hood over the individual's nose and mouth, which releases nitrous oxide gas. With IV sedation, you are eased into a majorly relaxed state from medicine administered through an IV before the procedure begins. Oral-conscious sedation is carried out by prescribing the patient anti-anxiety medicine about an hour before their appointment to help them remain calm prior to and during the procedure. This specific method is unable to be adjusted after it is administered as is also the case with some of the other sedation dentistry alternatives.


Before initiating any treatment using sedation, Dr. Mills will speak with you about what is to be expected following the procedure. In some cases, you will need to have somebody else escort you home following the appointment. After the procedure, it is advised that you hydrate and rest. You might be fatigued for the remainder of the day, but these side effects usually subside in about 24 hours.

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Sedation Dentistry

You should not be forced to suffer from phobias or nervousness to maintain good oral health. By choosing sedation dentistry at Market Common Dentistry, your dental cleanings, exams, and treatments can become a beneficial and peaceful visit. To receive more information, contact our facility to set up an appointment.

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