Sedation dentistry is the ideal solution for patients who are afraid to see the dentist. It can help patients who fear needles, have had traumatic experiences in the past, require multiple procedures, or who suffer from physical disabilities. We offer oral and nitrous oxide (laughing gas) sedation in our office.
Oral sedation provides “conscious” sedation, that is, it relaxes and calms you without putting you to sleep. It sedates you to the point where you are totally relaxed, free from pain, and not aware of your surroundings. Most patients who have oral sedation have very little memory of their treatment.
Please note that oral sedation will leave you too impaired to drive home, so you should arrange transportation home from your appointment.
Nitrous oxide gas is a traditional dental sedative that provides a mild, short lasting sedative effect. The gas is administered with a mask prior to your treatment and wears off quickly once your treatment is done.
If you suffer from dental anxiety, call our office to learn more about sedation options.