Imagine experiencing complete relaxation during your dental appointment. It’s not a dream. Our dental team uses safe, effective sedation methods to help you face dental visits with confidence.
According to the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), dental anxiety prevents an estimated 25 million Americans from visiting the dentist. That’s 25 million smiles that aren’t receiving proper care.
We offer a variety of sedation methods, including nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation, and IV sedation. Following an in-depth consultation to discuss the procedures you need performed, the level of your anxiety, and your medical history, you and the doctor will select the appropriate sedation method for your specific situation.
- Nitrous oxide is commonly called laughing gas. It’s inhaled through a comfortable nasal mask during your dental procedure. Patients who opt for nitrous oxide report feeling warm, comfortable, and relaxed. The effects of the gas diminish upon removal of the mask to let you resume normal activities right away.
- Oral conscious sedation involves the use of a sedative in pill form. You’ll take the pill prior to your appointment, then have someone drive you to our office. Intense feelings of mental and physical relaxation will replace fear and anxiety. The doctor will perform your dental work while you rest comfortably, but you’ll still be able to answer questions and express your needs. Expect to get back to your regular routine the evening of your sedation dentistry appointment.
- IV sedation administered by a specialist with advanced certification is the deepest level of sedation we offer. Sedating medication delivered directly into the bloodstream via an IV puts you in what’s called a “twilight sleep.” You’ll be blissfully unaware of treatment details and emerge from sedation with little or no memory of your procedure. Following IV sedation, wait about a day to continue your normal activities.
Sedation dentistry offers a safe, effective solution to combat dental anxiety. It’s a great choice for those who want to experience relaxation during a dental visit and complete their dental work in as few visits as possible.