If you regularly experience dental anxiety or have an irrational fear of the dentist, we want you to know that you are not alone! Dental anxiety is incredibly common, and many patients choose to utilize dental sedation when they are undergoing more advanced or lengthy procedures to make their appointments feel faster and more comfortable. If you are interested in utilizing sedation dentistry to improve your dental experiences, feel free to ask about dental sedation at your next appointment or reach out to our team with any questions.
- Nitrous Oxide
- Oral Conscious Sedation
Also commonly known as “laughing gas,” nitrous oxide is administered through a mask that rests comfortably over the patient’s nose throughout the procedure. Nitrous oxide creates a feeling of giddiness, like you want to laugh, and dental anxiety melts away. The effects of nitrous oxide wear off a few minutes after the mask is removed, and patients are allowed to drive themselves home afterward.
Oral Conscious Sedation
Oral conscious sedation involves taking a prescription oral medication prior to the beginning of your appointment so that you enter a relaxed, dreamy state. Patients are conscious and able to respond to questions during their treatments, but it’s also not uncommon for patients to be so relaxed that they fall asleep during treatment. It may take a while for all of the effects to wear off afterward, and patients will need a friend or family member to drive them home afterward.
If you fear dental work, pain, and needles, you will be happy to know that our team offers completely painless procedures thanks to DentalVibe. Usually, you feel a pinch when local anesthetic is injected into your gums, but by applying a light vibration to the gums while the anesthetic is applied, your gums will be numbed painlessly. DentalVibe also helps local anesthetic begin working faster.
Is sedation dentistry safe?
Our conscious dental sedation methods are both safe and effective. Patient safety is our number one priority, and we always look at a patient’s medical history and current health status before recommending dental sedation. If you have any questions or concerns for our team regarding dental sedation, please do not hesitate to ask.