Countless patients miss important dental appointments and skip routine preventive treatment due to dental anxiety and fear. To help our patients feel more comfortable and relaxed while they do what’s necessary to take care of their smile, we offer oral conscious and nitrous oxide sedation. Sedation dentistry is completely safe, and when paired with our team’s gentle touch and calm chairside manner, many of our patients who feel mild, moderate, or even more severe dental anxiety are able to comfortably get through their appointments.
Before your appointment, we’ll prescribe you a pill to take at home, so you’ll need to have a trusted friend or family member drop you off and pick you up from our office. By the time you arrive, you should feel the effects of the sedation kicking in, helping you feel more relaxed and at-ease. The effects of oral conscious sedation linger, so you’ll need to take the day off of work to recover and rest after your visit.
Nitrous oxide, also commonly referred to as laughing gas, is a fast-acting form of sedation that’s great for patients who have a sensitive gag reflex, mild to moderate dental anxiety or fear, or who have difficulty sitting still in the treatment chair for long periods of time. All we’ll do is place a small nose mask on you that will allow you to breathe in a colorless, odorless gas. You’ll quickly feel a calming, euphoric wave wash over you. Once your treatment is complete, we’ll remove the mask, and you’ll quickly feel back to your normal self, allowing you to go on with your day.