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Greenville Center for Sedation Dentistry


Is sedation dentistry safe? How long will the medication last? What does being sedated feel like? We’re here to answer these and other important questions about sedation dentistry. We’re also here to clear up common misconceptions regarding IV sedation and nitrous gas sedation. We have listed a few of our most frequently asked questions below. However, if you find yourself with questions that require more in-depth answers, please contact us or call (864) 877-9111. You can also schedule a complimentary sedation dentistry consultation for a more personalized assessment of your unique situation.

What kind of dental work can I be sedated for?

The short answer? Just about anything. While standard cleanings and hygiene check-ups do not usually require sedation, we can provide sedation for any dental work that you might need. That means you can relax next time you need that filling, or root canal, or anything else that might need to be done.

Who qualifies to have anesthesia sedation?

Dr. Harris and the anesthesia team review every patient’s medical history together to ensure that the patient is a good candidate for sedation. Greenville Family Dentistry will always put a patient’s safety first. Patients must be over 16 years of age and provide a health history. However, keep in mind that anesthesia consultations are complimentary and we are happy to speak with anyone who may be interested in the possibility of sedation.

What kind of anesthesia is used?

A combination of medications will be used for your sedation. The medications used go through a simple IV and provide enough relaxation to complete your dental care in total comfort. When Dr. Harris is finished caring for your teeth, the anesthesia will be stopped, and all of the work will already be done.

Is it safe?

Anesthesia will always have risks… in any setting, by any professional. Risks are minimal and will be discussed during the sedation consultation. The staff at Greenville Family Dentistry is dedicated to providing only the safest care and attention to all their patients at the clinic.

What is a CRNA?

A CRNA, or Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, is a graduate-level trained anesthesia provider. CRNA’s actually administer over 65% of all the anesthetics in the United States. Many CRNA’s work alone in the clinical setting, which reduces cost without reducing the quality of care. In many medical centers, particularly larger ones, CRNA’s work alongside of anesthesiologists to care for more complex patients. The CRNA’s at Greenville Family Dentistry also work at hospitals throughout the upstate, advancing their careers with many types of anesthetics and treatment of many different types of patients.

What is the cost?

Greenville Family Dentistry takes the cost of all dental treatment very seriously. The actual dollar amount will vary, depending on exactly how long the treatment might take.

Will insurance cover my sedation?

Sometimes. The staff at Greenville Family Dentistry will be glad to investigate your coverage further to see if your plan will assist with sedation costs.


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