In-Office Sedation Dentistry

For many people, simple dental procedures are enough to induce fear and anxiety. Fortunately, we have a range of dental sedation options to make every dental visit comfortable and productive.

Dr. Craig Winkelmann is a certified sedation dentist. He is IV sedation trained and holds Advanced Cardiac Life Support credentials. He has distinguished himself by earning a Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry — an accomplishment achieved by less than ten percent of all dentists. Dr. Winkelmann initially trained for IV sedation during his residency at the VA Medical Center in West Palm Beach, FL. He has also trained at the Medical College of Georgia and taken refresher courses at the Duquesne College School of Pharmacy.

What is In-Office Dental Sedation?

At Wake Forest Dental Arts, we offer nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation, and IV sedation during dental procedures. The procedures are safe with very few side effects. Before administering any type of sedative, we conduct a medical history review in order to choose a sedation method that is right for you and your procedure. While each procedure is different, many insurance companies will now cover all or a portion of the sedation options. Here is an overview of the different dental sedation options we provide our patients:

  • IV Sedation – We use a lighter form of IV sedation where patients often feel like they are asleep but really, they are awake enough to respond to questions and commands. This type of sedation is generally used for shorter treatments. It is administered directly into the bloodstream, which means the effects are very quick. Patients often feel groggy after the procedure, so it’s important to bring along a designated driver.
  • Nitrous Oxide – Often called laughing gas, nitrous oxide is a mild sedative that is administered through a nose hood throughout the entire procedure. Nitrous oxide eliminates anxiety and evokes a general sense of well-being. People often overlook nitrous oxide, but it is a great mild sedative, that is often much cheaper than other methods. This type of sedation has been used by the dentists for many years, and you will be able to drive yourself to and from your appointment.
  • Oral Conscious Sedation – This is a moderate type of sedation that is taken orally. It’s a great choice for patients who are afraid of needles. It does not induce sleep but instead dulls the senses. Most patients will not remember the procedure at all and will need to be driven home and will likely feel sleepy for a few hours after the procedure.

If you’ve been putting off a dental visit because of fear or anxiety, we’d love to help. Schedule an appointment with Wake Forest Dental Arts today, and we’ll work with you to find a sedation method and treatment plan to match your needs.