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Find out which form of sedation would best alleviate your dental fears.

Does the sound of the dental drill instill deep-rooted fear? Have you been cancelling dental appointments rather frequently because of anxiety? This is actually rather common and we have a lot of patients who have some fear of the dentist. We don’t take it personally! However, if visiting the dentist is truly impacting your mental and physical well-being, then you may want to consider how sedation dentistry could help make your next visit a bit easier.

What is sedation dentistry?

Here at our dental office we use different kinds of sedation to help calm and relax you during your visit. The purpose of sedation is to decrease anxiety related to your dental visit and to provide you with a comfortable experience. Some patients under sedation even fall asleep or forget most of their visit.

Who can benefit from dental sedation?

While the majority of people who opt for sedation dentistry are those with ingrained dental anxieties and phobias, there are other kinds of patients that can also benefit including those with sensitive gag reflexes, those who can’t sit in one position for long periods of time, those who are having extensive or multiple dental procedures at once, and those with special needs. The main purpose of sedation dentistry is to make every patient’s experience a bit easier.

What are the different kinds of sedation?

There are two common forms of sedation that we use on our patients. They have both been around for years and have been proven safe and effective.

Oral Sedation

Oral sedation comes in pill form, which you’ll take about an hour before your procedure. Oral sedation is often an anxiolytic medication, or anti-anxiety pill like Valium. This form of sedation will provide short-term relief from your dental-related anxieties, making your next visit more comfortable and relaxing.

Nitrous Oxide

Also known as “laughing gas”, nitrous oxide has been used for decades as a sedative. One of the biggest advantages is that the gas wears off quickly, so patients can still drive themselves home and return to their daily activities after treatment. While under nitrous oxide, patients will still be able to respond to a dentist’s requests.

If you are interested in sedation dentistry for your next visit, all you have to do is pick up the phone and give us a call. Let us know that you would like to opt for sedation for your next cleaning or procedure. We will always do our best to make you feel comfortable when you are sitting in our dental chair.