Sedation Dentistry for Dental Anxiety
Dental sedation is a technique that can be used when a patient suffers from dental anxiety or dental phobia. We are happy to offer some solutions for our patients to make their dental visit as comfortable as possible. Sedation dentistry techniques enable patients - who might otherwise avoid the dentist - to receive dental treatment necessary for a healthy smile.
Depending on the extent of the anxiety or phobia, varying degrees of dental sedation can be utilized as described below.
Nitrous Oxide Sedation
Nitrous Oxide sedation, also known as “laughing gas” is commonly used to make treatment more comfortable. This sedation is inhaled through a mask that allows you to breathe in the medication and induces a state of relaxation. Local anesthetic will be administered in conjunction with nitrous oxide to eliminate pain. The patient can bring him or herself to this appointment because the effects of nitrous oxide are 100% reversible in the office.
This medication can be given to a patient the night before a dentistry procedure or 30 minutes to an hour prior to the dental appointment, depending on the severity of the anxiety. Oral sedatives do not provide pain relief, so an injection of local anesthetic will also be administered. Oral sedatives require that the patient have someone bring him or her to the appointment and that no food or drink be ingested the day of the procedure.