Millions of individuals across the U.S. suffer from a degree of dental anxiety. If you are among them, rest assured that we understand your feelings, and we are eager to help you conquer your fears. That is why we offer multiple types of sedation dentistry. The methods listed below may be able to calm your nerves and enable you to have a positive experience in our office, even if you are undergoing complex or extensive treatment.
Nitrous oxide, otherwise known as laughing gas, is a colorless, almost odorless gas that we administer through a nasal mask. Almost as soon as you inhale it, it induces a feeling of relaxation and well-being. We can just your level of sedation as necessary throughout your procedure, and after your appointment, the effects of the nitrous oxide will wear off quickly enough that it will be safe for you to drive yourself home. This form of sedation is helpful in most cases of mild to moderate dental anxiety.
For patients who suffer from moderate to severe dental anxiety, we might recommend oral conscious sedation. You simply swallow a prescription medication prior to your appointment. As the medication takes effect, you will feel calm and relaxed. You might drift off to sleep, but you will not be totally unconscious. Oral conscious sedation is very powerful, and its effects may linger for a day or longer after you take the pill, so you should arrange for someone to drive you to and from your appointment.