I.V. & Oral Sedation

Dr. Andrews and his team make patient comfort one of their highest priorities. They have incorporated a number of features to enhance comfort and relaxation, in addition to a reputation for their gentle touch and treatment that is paced comfortably for each patient’s needs.

However, for those who have high levels of fear or anxiety associated with dental visits, Dr. Andrews offers sedation dentistry (sleep dentistry) to patients who feel a sedative is needed to help them complete their care.
Dr. Andrews has decades of success helping once-fearful dental patients achieve healthy, confident smiles while overcoming their fear of dentistry. For patients who choose to add sedation to achieve their smile goals, Dr. Andrews offers:
I.V. SEDATION (twilight sleep): To provide fearful patients with ultimate relaxation during dental procedures, Dr. James Andrews has completed extensive training to be Certified to provide I.V. Sedation. While sometimes referred to as “twilight sleep,” I.V. Sedation allows patients to be totally relaxed before, during and after treatment, typically erasing all memory of the procedure afterwards. In addition to continual monitoring with advanced safety equipment, a trained staff member monitors you throughout care and during recovery.

ORAL SEDATION: For patients who prefer a sedative that creates total relaxation, oral sedation is an effective relaxation option that is in pill form. This allows patients to relax fully before and throughout treatment, yet provides a quick recovery. Similar to IV sedation, oral sedation also eliminates most (if not all) memory of the procedure. As with IV sedation, oral sedation patients are closely monitored by trained staff and safety equipment.

In both sedation options, patients are administered numbing medications after the sedatives have taken effect so total comfort is provided throughout care.

If you have dental fear or anxiety, you are also encouraged to share your concerns with Dr. Andrews or any team member. You’ll be treated with the utmost respect and compassion and given options that are right for you. Through comfortable care that is paced according to your preferences, you’ll realize your dental caregivers at James C. Andrews DMD PA in Summerville SC are professionals who truly care for you as an individual.

“When adults realize they can complete dental care without dealing with overwhelming fear, they are able to have necessary treatment, many for the first time in years. This allows them to achieve a healthy, confident smile with many treatments completed in just one visit. As a dentist, to be able to provide this for those in this fearful category is something I am proud to offer,” states Dr. Andrews.