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Sedation Dentistry for a Comfortable Experience

Relaxed at the dentistMany patients are a bit nervous when it comes time to visit the dentist. But if your fear or anxiety prevents you from getting your teeth looked at on a regular basis, or if you are trying to ignore a toothache or pain due to your anxiety, you owe it to yourself to get past that barrier. Your oral and overall health depend on routine dental care, and sedation dentistry is available to help you relax through whatever treatment you need. Keep reading to learn more about how it works at our office.

What Is Sedation Dentistry?

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Sedation dentistry is the use of medication to help you relax through any dental procedure. This is a completely safe and highly effective practice when performed by an expert like Dr. Grosshandler. In fact, some patients only require one appointment with sedation. After this initial visit, they are able to see that going to the dentist isn’t so scary at all -- and they can then resume routine dental care for a healthier, long-lasting smile.

What Are My Sedation Options?

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You have two options for relaxing through any dental appointment: nitrous oxide and oral conscious sedation. Depending on the treatment you are undergoing, sedation dentistry may be combined with local anesthesia to numb the treatment site so that you do not feel a thing throughout the procedure.

  • Nitrous oxide: Also known as laughing gas, this is administered with a mask you breathe through. It makes you feel light, tingly, and maybe even happy to be at the dentist. A milder form of sedation, nitrous oxide is often best for minor procedures.
  • Conscious sedation: For more moderate levels of anxiety or longer treatments, you may prefer conscious sedation. We will prescribe an anti-anxiety medication that you will take about an hour before the procedure. Its effects have taken over by the time you are relaxing into the dental chair -- and you can float through the procedure removed from the sights and sounds of what is going on around you.

What to Consider

Nitrous oxide will wear off quickly after the treatment is complete, so you can easily resume your routine. However, you should arrange a ride to and from your appointment with conscious sedation. The effects kick in early and may take a while to wear off afterward, which will impair your ability to drive. You may feel slight nausea or experience memory loss of the appointment. The latter is often a benefit for patients dealing with dental anxiety.

Most patients can benefit from some type of sedation dentistry. Even young children can safely undergo a treatment with nitrous oxide. To find out whether or not this could be the thing you need to relax at the dentist’s, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.

Schedule an Appointment Today

We can’t wait to help all our patients love the dentist again! For some, that requires a little help from nitrous oxide or oral conscious sedation. To learn more about these options or to schedule an appointment for relaxing dental care, we invite you to contact us today.