Relieving Dental Anxiety with Sedation Dentistry


For many patients, going to the dentist brings fear and anxiety. Dental anxiety and phobia have prevented many people from seeking out and going through with any treatment that can aid in repairing, creating, or maintaining beautiful, healthy smiles. At Sunrise Dental, our family dentist offers a few different options to help our patients feel less anxious and more comfortable during a visit to our office. These options include dental sedation, semi-private operatories, longer appointment times, and a warm and friendly office atmosphere.

Experience Our Warm And Friendly Atmosphere 

The first and foremost way we try to help our patients feel comfortable is by offering the most inviting atmosphere we can. This means always greeting our patients with the smiles they deserve and maintaining a warm, welcoming tone in the office. If you are looking for a dental office that tries to help you feel at home, you’ve come to the right place. 

Semi-Private Operatories 

Serving patients from across the greater Raleigh, NC area, each one of our offices offer at least one semi-private operatory located at the end of the hall for use with patients who are anxious or require a greater level of privacy. This often helps the patient feel more comfortable and at ease during treatment. Welcoming patients from Morrisville, Apex, Cary, Chapel Hill, Durham, NC, and the surrounding areas, if this is an option you are interested in, please mention it to our staff when you schedule your appointment.

Longer Appointment Times 

Speaking of appointments — we offer longer appointment times to better accommodate patients who suffer from dental fear or anxiety. If you need to take things slow, our compassionate family dentist can help you do that. Our dedicated oral health professionals can work at your pace and help you feel comfortable throughout each step of the procedure.

Sedation Dentistry

Last but not least, Sunrise Dental also offers sedation dentistry. Whether you are interested in undergoing a cosmetic dentistry procedure or require full-mouth reconstruction, sedation dentistry is a revolutionary way of minimizing the apprehension many people experience during a dental visit.

At Sunrise Dental, our preferred method of sedation is using nitrous oxide or a combination of nitrous oxide and oral sedation. This is sufficient for most people with apprehension about the dentist. However, in cases of extreme anxiety, we can use a small pill for sedation. Whether you are visiting our office in Raleigh, Cary, Durham, or Chapel Hill, NC, when you schedule your initial consultation, our dentist will take the time to discuss your concerns to ensure that sedation dentistry is right for you.

If using oral sedation, we will ask you to swallow a small sedative pill on the day of your dental visit. Because you will be experiencing the effects of sedation, we will require you to be driven to and from our office by someone who stays for the entirety of the visit. Though you will remain conscious during the dental procedure, you will experience a deep sense of relaxation that allows you to speak and respond when needed. Most patients feel no discomfort during treatment and remain largely unaware of what is happening. In most cases, patients retain little or no memory of their visit to the dentist after the sedative wears off.

Sedation dentistry allows patients to undergo procedures that will enable them to achieve and maintain their ideal smiles. If you would like to discuss the possibility of undergoing dental sedation with one of our Raleigh, Chapel Hill, Cary, or Durham, NC dentists, please contact our office and schedule a free consultation. You can also send us a message using our online form. We will be happy to help you get the care you need in the comfortable, inviting atmosphere you deserve.