Waccamaw Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, LLC -  - Oral Surgeon

Lucia Covington, DMD

Oral Surgeon & Medical Aesthetics Specialist located in Murrells Inlet, SC

Sedation Dentistry Specialist

A visit to the dentist makes many people nervous, but up to 15% of all adults have such severe anxiety that they refuse to get the dental care they need. Dr. Lucia Covington at Waccamaw Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, LLC specializes in sedation dentistry, which uses several types of sedation to help you relax, alleviate anxiety, and make sure your dental work is free of pain. To learn more about sedation dentistry, call the office in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina or book an appointment online.

Sedation Dentistry Q&A

What is sedation dentistry?

As an oral surgeon, Dr. Covington has special expertise in sedation dentistry, which uses anesthesia, sedatives, or both to help you relax and to ensure your dental procedures are pain-free.  

The key benefits of sedation dentistry include:

  • Reducing or eliminate stress, anxiety, and fear
  • Supporting patients with special needs
  • Increasing comfort during long appointments
  • Supporting patients who are hypersensitive to smells, noises, and tastes
  • Helping patients who fear drills and dental instruments
  • Supporting patients who struggle with a severe gag reflex

What should you do if you have a dental phobia?

If you have anxiety or dental phobia, call Waccamaw Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery. Dr. Covington can answer your questions about sedation dentistry and explain how the team can help you overcome anxiety so you can receive the dental care you need.

While Dr. Covington treats teens and adults, she also welcomes children who need conscious sedation or general anesthesia for dental procedures.

What types of anesthesia are used in sedation dentistry?

The different types of sedation include:

Local anesthesia

Anesthesia is injected directly into the treatment area. You stay awake and completely aware of what is happening, but you won’t feel any pain.

Nitrous oxide

Also called laughing gas, nitrous oxide helps you relax and reduces anxiety while you stay awake. Nitrous oxide combined with local anesthesia provides effective pain relief for many patients.

Conscious sedation

Sedatives and anesthetics are delivered together either intravenously or orally, such as a liquid form used for children. Depending on the dose, your sedation ranges from mild -- you can respond to questions and wake up easily if you fall asleep -- to moderate (your consciousness is depressed, and you go into a deeper sleep). This is the preferred method for difficult procedures and patients with severe anxiety or those with a prior unpleasant experience.

If you avoid dental care due to anxiety or stress, call Dr. Covington or book an appointment online for a more relaxing dental experience with sedation dentistry.

Insurance and Billing

We accept most traditional insurance plans, contact our office to verify acceptance of your plan. Waccamaw Oral Surgery does not participate in Health Management Organizations; however, we will be happy to file your insurance claims for you. We are network providers for Delta Dental Premier, SC Medicaid and Cigna.

Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO
Delta Dental

Words from our patients

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    "Having a tooth extracted is not fun but Dr. Covington and her staff were extremely kind, thorough, professional and made me feel at peace with the process. "

    Linda E.
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    "I went to Dr. Covington for my wisdom teeth surgery and she made me feel completely at ease. I will never go anywhere else!"

    Verified Patient
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    "My experience with Dr. Covington was the best experience I ever had with an oral surgeon. I would highly recommend Dr. Lucia Covington."

    Theresa A.
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    "Dr. Covington was with out a doubt the nicest dentist I have ever had. She informed me on every step of the process and answered every question I had. "

    Sal B.
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    "Incredible experience. This is the second time I used the services of Dr. Covington and I'm glad I returned."

    Michael J.
Waccamaw Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, LLC
637 Bellamy Avenue, Unit A
Murrells Inlet, SC 29576
Phone: 843-420-9692
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