Sedation Dentistry in Columbia, SC

Ensuring your comfort is an important part of our practice philosophy. At Bethea Family Dentistry, we want to help you feel completely at ease while you’re with us so nothing stops you from getting the treatments you need.

While our compassionate team promotes a welcoming, judgment-free atmosphere, we also offer sedation dentistry as an option for our patients. With dental sedation, you can truly sit back and relax as we take care of your smile.

Reasons to Consider Sedation Dentistry

Dental anxiety or fear is one of the most common reasons why patients choose to get sedation, but it’s not the only reason. There are many different situations where opting for sedation dentistry can help you have a more pleasant experience during your dental visit. Here are some of the most common reasons to consider sedation dentistry:

  • If you feel anxious or afraid about visiting the dentist.
  • If you have a sensitive gag reflex.
  • If you have sensitive teeth and/or gums.
  • If you require extensive dental work.
  • If you find it difficult to sit still for the required period of time.
  • If you can’t stand the sounds involved with dental work.
  • If you have had negative experiences at the dentist in the past.

Our Sedation Options

Bethea Family Dentistry has two sedation options available: nitrous oxide and oral conscious sedation.

Nitrous oxide is also well-known as laughing gas. It’s one of the most commonly used types of sedation, and it’s also considered a mild form of sedation. Nitrous oxide is administered through a flexible mask placed over your nose, through which you’ll breathe normally.

We are able to adjust the level of nitrous oxide depending on your needs. Once we remove the mask and you breathe in regular air, the effects will wear off quickly. This allows you to drive yourself home from your appointment and continue about your day like normal.


Oral conscious sedation is considered a mild to moderate form of sedation dentistry. With this option, you’ll take a prescribed pill at a designated time before your appointment so that you feel the sedative effects by the time of your treatment.

As its name suggests, you’ll still remain conscious while under the effects of oral conscious sedation, but you may feel a bit sleepy. We require that you have someone available to take you home once your appointment is over as the effects will take a bit longer to wear off.

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