When it is time to undergo dental treatments to maintain your smile, you want to know that you will be comfortable and relaxed during your procedures. At Peninsula Cosmetic & Family Dentistry, we understand that dental care is not always fun – it can be scary for some people. We want every patient to feel at ease while we provide exceptional care for their oral health. We offer a variety of sedation dentistry options for our patients at our state-of-the-art facility in Charleston, SC.
For many decades, nitrous oxide has been used for sedation dentistry. This is a mild sedative, known as “laughing gas,” that you breathe in to relax your mind. The gas gives you a slight feeling of euphoria, but you are awake and aware during your dental procedure. Nitrous oxide can be used safely with children, teens and adults to calm nerves or help those with special needs relax, like those with a sensitive gag reflex.
Oral Conscious Sedation
Oral conscious sedation may be recommended for those with mild to moderate dental anxiety. This is an oral medication that is taken before your dental appointment to put you in a relaxed state for your procedure. You will still be conscious and responsive during your treatment but very relaxed. Some patients may not remember their procedure due to the medication, but they will remain awake. This sedation requires a responsible adult to bring the patient to and from their dental appointment.
IV sedation may be your best option if you are undergoing oral surgery or have severe dental anxiety/phobia. This is performed for invasive or extended procedures or when a patient needs to be completely sedated due to phobia or other special needs. Patients will need someone to drive them to and from their appointment when IV sedation is used.
With sedation dentistry, everyone can enjoy the benefits of a healthy, beautiful smile. Contact our helpful, friendly team at Peninsula Cosmetic & Family Dentistry in Charleston, SC, to learn more about our sedation dentistry options or schedule an appointment.
Our Patients Testimonials
Our Patients Reviews
Absolutely phenomenal dental office. Not only are the dentists outstanding at their craft but, like every person in the office, they are incredibly friendly and genuine. And that is so important. I earnestly recommend Peninsula if you are looking for the highest quality care, expertise and, equally important, quality people. I would give them 10 stars if I could.Matthew W. L.
The BEST dentist. Megan the hygienist is always so professional and thorough! Every time I have a visit here the staff from the front desk to back are always so efficient and courteous. Dr. McPherson is an amazing dentist and always takes time to explain everything in a way that makes sense. I will only go to Peninsula for all my dental needs!Dana M.
Excellent staff and excellent experience from entering until leaving. Dr. McPherson is terrific!! Her assistant Kate is very knowledgeable and caring. I felt like I had two dentist attending to me. This was my first visit to this practice. I’ll always remain a patient due to my experienceJohn C.
Meet Our Doctors
Dr. James B. Wisner
Dr. James B. Wisner was raised in Charleston and attended Porter-Gaud High School. He graduated from The Honors College at The University of South Carolina in 1996 and received his D.M.D. degree in 2002 from the Medical University of South Carolina’s College of Dental Medicine.
Dr. Wisner served in Las Vegas, Nevada and Spangdahlem, Germany as a Captain in the United States Air Force for three years where he completed an AEGD residency and was certified in Intravenous Conscious Sedation.
Dr. Caitlin McPherson
Dr. Caitlin McPherson was born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina. A graduate of Porter Gaud High School, she went on to receive her Bachelors of Science from Clemson University’s Calhoun Honors College. Dr. McPherson earned her Doctorate of Dental Medicine from the Medical University of South Carolina’s College of Dental Medicine. She is an active member of The American Dental Association and The Academy of General Dentistry.
Dr. McPherson performs all aspects of general dentistry and is Invisalign certified. Dr. McPherson especially enjoys treating pediatric patients.