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Oral Sedation

Among the most common phobias, visiting the dentist causes many people severe anxiety and stress. Often, fearful patients forego necessary dental care to avoid a visit to their dentist. If you find yourself feeling panicky at the thought of having your teeth worked on, you should know that a safe, comfortable relaxation method exists. Oral sedation alleviates anxiety, so you can face dental appointments with confidence. These safe, widely-prescribed drugs diminish anxiety and help patients feel at ease throughout their procedure.

 
 

Nitrous Oxide Sedation

Nitrous Oxide Sedation involves a colorless, odorless gas inhaled through a nasal mask. Many people know nitrous oxide as laughing gas. We will control the amount of nitrous you receive to ensure your safety. Once you begin breathing the gas, you will relax, so the dentist can perform your procedures while you stay completely comfortable. The effects of nitrous oxide subside once we remove your mask, so if nitrous is the only anesthesia you receive, you will be capable of driving yourself home following the visit and can continue your daily activities as normal.

Candidates for Sedation Dentistry

There are many reasons patients avoid going to the dentist, and conscious oral sedation is a great option for many patients with any of the following concerns:

  • experience severe anxiety and fear when faced with dental instruments
  • put off important dental treatment because of fear
  • have a sensitive gag reflex
  • have trouble feeling numb after receiving a local anesthetic
  • cannot rest comfortably in a dentist’s exam chair due to neck or back injury
 
 

Risks & Side Effects of Sedation Dentistry

The anti-anxiety medications used to achieve oral sedation have been prescribed and studied for years, so potential side effects are widely documented. These drugs are generally safe for patients and have a low incidence of minor adverse effects when properly administered.