If you're constantly postponing your dental appointments, whether for preventive care, tooth extraction, or dental filling, because of fear of being in the dentist's chair, then you may be a candidate for sedation dentistry.
Many people have a phobia about being in the dentist's chair, regardless of whether they're going for a routine checkup and professional cleaning or restorative treatment. Some get bad shivers and break into a cold sweat at the sight of common dental tools and equipment. There are many reasons for this, including a past negative experience with a dentist, or stories of bad experiences from other people.
Fortunately, modern dentistry has made virtually all dental procedures pain-free. Moreover, you can choose from mild to deep sedation to help you relax or sleep during the procedure.
How Oral Sedation Works
If you come to our office and show signs of anxiety for the procedure, or if you have a history of missing appointments because of a phobia, then our dentist may recommend oral sedation. We'll have to review your medical history and check your blood pressure to ensure that no complications will arise.
The dentist will then prescribe two doses of medication, one to take in the night before your procedure, and the other in the morning of the procedure, about one-hour before treatment. This will help you to relax.
Sedation Dentistry with Nitrous Oxide
For a completely relaxing dental experience, we also offer our patients the use of nitrous oxide. You simply breathe the gas in while seated comfortably in our chair, to completely relax you before and during your dental treatment. Nitrous oxide is commonly known as "laughing gas" is a safe and effective sedative mixed with oxygen used to help patients relax during dental procedures. With this sedative, patients can be awake and aware of what is happening during the procedure while enjoying a relaxed state of comfort.
There are many benefits to using laughing gas, with the main of being the comfort you will experience during your dental procedure. The level of sedation is easy to control, so we are able to monitor and adjust it as needed during your visit. Once we are done and we turn it off, within minutes you're feeling back to normal.
Please contact us to see if sedation dentistry is right for you.