Do you feel anxious or on-edge at the thought of visiting the dentist? You may be surprised to know that this is actually a common response that many people feel whether they’re going in for a checkup and cleaning or a procedure. At Healthy Smiles Dental Care, we want you to feel at-ease and comfortable every time you come to our office, which is why we offer sedation dentistry for our anxious and fearful patients. To learn more about our sedation methods and whether they can benefit you, call us today!
Oral conscious sedation is a longer lasting method that we typically recommend for patients with moderate dental anxiety. Before your visit, we’ll prescribe you a pill to take about an hour prior to arriving to our office. That way, you’ll feel comfortable and relaxed from the moment you step foot through our doors until you leave. Because the effects of this sedation last awhile, you’ll need to have a trusted friend or family member drop you off and pick you up from your appointment.
Nitrous oxide sedation is a fast-acting method that is great for patients who have mild dental fear or anxiety. Once you’re comfortable in the treatment chair, we’ll place a small nose mask on you that will allow you to breathe in a colorless and odorless gas (nitrous oxide). Within only a couple of minutes, you’ll feel a wave of relaxation wash over you. As soon as your appointment is finished, we’ll remove the mask and you’ll begin to feel back to yourself in three to five minutes, once the effects wear off.
For patients who are undergoing more invasive procedures or who suffer from severe dental phobia, we may recommend IV sedation. Before we start the process, we’ll ask you about your medical history, take your blood pressure, and make sure that you’re a good candidate. Because we’ll administer the sedation medication directly into your bloodstream, it will quickly take effect. Most patients aren’t able to remember their treatment, despite remaining completely conscious during their visit. Our professionals will also be monitoring your vitals throughout the process to ensure your safety.