To make your visit comfortable while you receive the best possible dental care, we utilize a variety of sedatives, depending on the needs of the patient. These include sedation induced orally and intravenously, as well as nitrous oxide and anxiolytics like Valium. While sedation is useful for a range of circumstances, it’s particularly helpful if a patient suffers from anxiety or dental phobia.
What is Sedation Dentistry?
You’ll be given oral medication about one hour before your appointment. The medicine puts you in a light state of sedation and allows you to sleep during your stay. When you awaken from a quick nap, your dental work is done and you’re ready to go.
You will need someone to drive you to and from your appointment. Once you arrive, you will be provided a warm, quiet room with a blanket in which you can rest. In complete comfort, complex dental treatments that often require six or more appointments can be completed in as little as one! All while under the attentive eye of our expert staff who will ensure your safety.
2. Anxiolysis (Oral)
Anxiolysis utilizes a mild sedative and anti-anxiety drug, such as Valium, taken an hour prior to your operation. Because it is not as strong as conscious oral sedation, it is recommended for those with mild to moderate anxiety. You will remain conscious for the procedure, but all of the tension and anxiety will melt away. What could’ve been an ordeal is transformed into a relaxing and quick procedure.
If you have been fretting about the prospect of having dental work done, give us a call to learn about our anxiety free options for dentistry.
3. Nitrous Oxide
Nitrous Oxide, more commonly known as laughing gas, is the most widely utilized used form of sedation in dentistry, and is given to our patients at no additional charge. After inhaling the gas, you will be able to sit back peacefully while your procedure is performed, allowing you in most cases to complete all of your dental work in only one visit. Once the procedure is over the effects will wear off fairly quickly, allowing you to drive home and return to your daily activities with no aftereffects.
You will need to have a preliminary visit with your dentist to make sure that you are an eligible candidate for nitrous sedation. It’s time to stop worrying about your next dental visit. Ask us about sedation dentistry and schedule your appointment today.
It is recommended to eat prior to receiving Nitrous Oxide. For further information, see our Sedation FAQ.