Comfortable, Relaxed Dentistry
Family dentistry involves more than just treating patients—it means helping you feel at ease, and confident, about your dental health and the care you receive. For some patients, though, that may prove more challenging than for others. If you experience anxiety or fear about visiting the dentist, or about receiving dental treatment, then dental sedation can help you relax enough to receive the care you need.
Sedation Dentistry Methods
The difference between dental sedation and general anesthesia is that sedation keeps you conscious, responsive, and in control of your vital functions, like breathing. Besides dental anxiety, sedation also allows us to perform more complex restorative dentistry treatments in less time, reducing the number of visits required. Depending on your level of anxiety, or the extent of your treatment, we offer a choice of mild to moderate dental sedation methods.
Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas)
The term, “laughing gas,” is a bit of a misnomer. Nitrous oxide, which is administered through a small mask and inhaled through the nose, doesn’t make you laugh uncontrollably. It does, however, create a slightly euphoric feeling, and it works instantly. Because the gas is exhaled immediately, there are no lingering effects, and you should return to normal shortly after the mask is removed. Usually, you can drive yourself home after receiving nitrous oxide.
Conscious Oral Sedation
Oral sedation involves the use of an oral sedative, taken in the form of a pill, before your procedure. The sedative provides a deeper level of relaxation than laughing gas, and may leave you slightly disoriented for the rest of the day. For more potent effects, you may be prescribed a sedative to take the night before your visit, and again just before your procedure begins.