Sedation Dentistry

Sedation Dentistry in Charlotte, NC

Relax During Your Dental Visit

If you feel nervous about your upcoming visit to the dentist, you’re not alone. Dental anxiety is a common fear among patients and can get in the way of receiving the necessary care you need. If past experiences or a fear of pain are holding you back, you may benefit from sedation dentistry.

At Capstone Dental, our dentist Dr. Stephen Yang is proud to offer various dental sedation methods for patients with dental phobia or severe gag reflexes. If you’re looking for a dental experience that’s painless and comfortable, look no further than. We also provide sedation services to patients in the Concord, Mint Hill, and Matthews, NC areas.

What Is Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry allows patients to feel completely relaxed during their dental procedures or routine visits. Whether you have anxiety about visiting the dentist’s office or are about to undergo a complex procedure, this area of dentistry can allow you to stay relaxed while your teeth get the necessary care they deserve. Depending on the method of sedation, patients may not remember their experience in the dentist’s chair, which can help with dental anxiety.

While you’re sedated, you’ll be in good hands. A member of our dental team will monitor you throughout your appointment to ensure you’re comfortable and at ease. By the end of your visit, you’ll be ready to carry on with the rest of your day.

When is Sedation Dentistry Necessary?

Sedation dentistry is an option for patients who struggle with visiting the dentist. While completely optional, there are several situations in which dental sedation is beneficial for patients who have any of the following:

  • Dental anxiety or phobia
  • Severe gag reflex
  • Lengthy, complex dental procedures
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Resistance to numbing agents

Am I a Candidate for Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation is a convenient way to eliminate any feelings of stress or anxiety you may feel during your procedure. Unfortunately, sedation dentistry isn’t for everyone. You may be ineligible to undergo dental sedation if you have:

  • Diabetes
  • Thyroid disorders
  • Conflicting medications
  • Liver or kidney diseases
  • Respiratory problems

We encourage patients to speak with our Charlotte dentist about their eligibility for dental sedation at their initial consultations. Our team will help you to find a solution that works so you can receive the necessary dental care your teeth need.

Our Sedation Dentistry Methods

Oral Sedation

Oral sedation is a safe and comfortable way to ease dental anxiety. We’ll prescribe a relaxant to take before your appointment so that you arrive already sleepy and relaxed. Though completely at ease, you’ll be conscious enough to respond to any verbal cues your dentist might give you.

With oral conscious sedation, you’ll be able to enter a state of calm without the use of dental tools. However, because this sedative lasts for several hours, we recommend arranging a ride home after your appointment.

Nitrous Oxide

Also known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide sedation in dentistry is the safest and most convenient method we offer. This sedative is perfect for patients of any age, which means that it’s regularly used to calm younger patients in pediatric dentistry.

Nitrous oxide produces a slightly euphoric feeling of relaxation and general well-being. After your appointment, we will administer some oxygen to quickly reverse the effects of the sedative. This means you’ll be able to drive yourself home and continue with the rest of your day as normal.

The Wand

The Wand offers pain-free dentistry solutions, as it’s a convenient alternative to novocaine injections. This advanced dental technology is ideal for patients who require novocaine but have a chronic fear of needles or dental tools.

Dr. Yang can control the administration of novocaine with the Wand to offer precise sedation. Best of all, you’ll be able to go about the rest of your day after your procedure without worrying about any lingering numbness.


Another one of the ways we show our patients we care is by utilizing OraVerse to help shorten the effects of novocaine. OraVerse will reverse any unpleasant side effects of numbness so that you can go about your daily activities like normal. Typically, OraVerse takes about one hour to work, though it may differ depending on how much novocaine you were given.

Frequently Asked Questions

The cost of receiving dental sedation depends on several factors, such as which method was used. Dr. Yang will provide you with a cost estimate of your dental procedure with sedation during your consultation. We also suggest contacting your dental insurance provider ahead of time to get an accurate understanding of what your plan will cover.

Our Charlotte dentist has the skills and expertise necessary to ensure safe and effective delivery of dental sedation regardless of the type. All sedatives are administered in a safe and controlled environment, and a member of our team will monitor you throughout your appointment to ensure that you’re as comfortable as possible.

The time it takes for dental sedation to wear off depends on the type and amount of sedative that was administered. The effects of sedation typically take around 24 hours to fully wear off. Some common symptoms of sedation include:

  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Dry mouth
  • Headaches
  • Trouble remembering the procedure

Depending on the method of sedation you receive, we recommend arranging a ride home after your procedure. We also encourage patients to follow all of Dr. Yang’s aftercare instructions to avoid any complications.

Limitless Comfort for You and Your Smile

Dental appointments don’t need to be stressful or frightening experiences. With sedation dentistry, you can be at ease during your procedure and not have to worry about any pain or discomfort. Dr. Yang is one of the best dentists in Charlotte and proudly services Concord, Matthews, and Mint Hills, NC with expert dental care and service.

To schedule an appointment with our Charlotte, NC dentist, contact us at (980) 202-5696. You can also request an appointment online by filling out our convenient online contact form. We look forward to helping you receive the dental care you need stress-free!