Going to the dentist is a very nerve-wracking experience for a lot of people, but at our practice, we’re trying to change that one patient at a time. If our friendly team and warm demeanor aren’t enough to help you feel comfortable in the chair, then we’re happy to provide sedation dentistry. The techniques outlined below will help protect you from discomfort and lessen any stress you might feel during dental visits. With sedation, we can finally make it easy for you to take care of your teeth. To learn how we could use sedation at your next appointment, contact us today.
Nitrous oxide, better known as “laughing gas,” has been used for generations to help nervous dental patients of all ages relax. When inhaled through a small nasal mask, a patient starts to feel calm, happy, and even a little bit like they are floating. We can adjust the amount of nitrous oxide a patient is receiving during an appointment to make sure they are comfortable the entire time, and once the mask is removed, the gas’ effects wear off almost instantly.
If you have more severe dental phobia, or if you would like to have multiple procedures completed in one appointment to save time, oral conscious sedation might be exactly what you need. For this, your dentist will prescribe you a sedative to take in pill form about an hour before your appointment, so that by the time you sit in the chair, you’ll already be deeply physically and mentally relaxed. You’ll remain awake for your entire appointment, but time will fly by very quickly, and you’ll likely have little to no memory of it afterward.