Sedation Dentistry

Experience Relaxing, Worry-Free Dentistry

We will see you as soon as possible!

  • We can prescribe calming oral sedation in the form of a small pill you take at home. You’ll arrive already relaxed for your appointment and stay that way throughout treatment.
  • We can show you images of your mouth and explain your treatment options with our intraoral camera. You’ll feel more confident knowing exactly what is going on!

Sedation Dentistry in Florence Takes the Stress Out of Dentist Visits

When visiting our office even with all of these amenities, some people can’t relax at the dentist. They may even avoid the dentist and all routine care, staying away unless they experience a serious dental emergency. If this describes you, sedation dentistry in Florence can help!


Our safe dental sedation will:

  • Help you overcome your dental anxiety so you can get the high-quality dental treatment you deserve
  • Keep you relaxed during lengthy procedures
  • Allow us to perform several procedures in a single appointment
  • Make you less conscious of sounds, sights, and sensations that bother you

To discuss dental sedation with one of our doctors, call Advanced Dental Center at (843) 588-1919.

Enjoy Many Benefits of Dental Sedation

We offer safe oral conscious sedation. This will keep you calm throughout your visit. We’ll closely monitor you throughout your treatment.

Even if you’re not anxious about your treatment, our dental relaxation methods work well in other situations, such as these:

  • You have a strong gag reflex.
  • You experience difficulty getting numb.
  • You need complicated and/or lengthy dental procedures.
  • You need oral surgery.
  • You want to undergo multiple procedures in a single visit.

Arrive & Stay Relaxed With Oral Conscious Sedation


Your oral conscious dental sedation will be a prescription pill you’ll take before your appointment. You’ll arrive at our office already relaxed and will stay that way throughout your appointment. We suggest fasting for eight hours beforehand, including water. You will also need to arrange for a ride to and from our office.

There are many advantages of oral sedation:

  • You take the pill at home, which gives you more control over the process. It also avoids the use of a needle.
  • You arrive already relaxed, so you won’t need to wait at the office for the sedative to take effect.
  • You’ll be relaxed but remain aware, so you can easily respond to our questions or instructions.
  • The sedative effect lasts around two hours.
  • The medications we use are regulated by the FDA and have been in use for years, so there is little risk of negative side effects.

Our Experienced Dentists & Caring Staff Ease Your Dental Anxiety

Whether or not you choose a sedation method, our skilled dentists and caring staff will ease your dental anxiety. Our dentists have more than 200 years of combined experience, so they can handle just about any dental situation. Some members of our support team have worked in dentistry for 20-plus years. They also use patient-friendly technology like our intraoral camera, which allows you to see exactly what is going on in your mouth. After her attention, you’ll leave our office more relaxed than when you came in!

Enjoy a stress-free visit with sedation dentistry in Florence. Call Advanced Dental Center at (843) 588-1919 today or contact us online.

Common Questions About Sedation Dentistry

Over the years, we have found that our dental sedation is a reliable way for anxious patients to relax and get the smile care they need. At Advanced Dental Center, we use oral conscious sedation, which involves taking a small pill. It produces a deep sedative effect that will allow you to completely relax in our chair.

Yes, our dental sedation is completely safe. One of our dentists will write you a prescription for an FDA-approved pill that you’ll take either before you arrive at our office or once you get here. It will help you feel relaxed all over but won’t put you to sleep. Many patients have benefited from this type of sedation, and complications from it are rare.

There are generally no serious side effects of dental sedation. After oral conscious sedation, you may feel groggy, so a trusted friend or family member will need to drive you home afterward. The effects will take a few hours to wear off, but you should feel completely normal before you know it.

Meet Your Compassionate Florence, SC Dentists

Dr. Joseph Griffin

Dr. Joseph Griffin is a member of the South Carolina Dental Association and the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. He has received the South Carolina Palmetto Patriot award from the lieutenant governor’s office.

Dr. John Thomas Hess

Dr. John Thomas Hess graduated with honors from Stony Brook University School of Medicine. He received advanced training in many aspects of dentistry during a general practice residency program in Columbia, SC.

Dr. Daniel Visel

Dentistry was the natural choice for Dr. Daniel Visel to combine his interest in the medical field with his natural problem-solving abilities and love of fixing things with his hands.

Dr. Eric Thiede

Dr. Thiede loves being able to offer solutions to his patients. He communicates well and educates patients so they can achieve their oral health goals.

Dr. Jonathan Thomas

Dr. Thomas has a passion for dentistry that stems from a love of fixing things.

Visit an Award-Winning Dental Team

We’re proud that our community selected us as Best Dentist in SCNow’s “Best of the Pee Dee” awards in 2015, 2017, and 2018.


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