In the past, if you were anxious about going to the dentist, your only solution was to basically grit your teeth and get over it! Thankfully, we’re now able to help our patients overcome these feelings with sedation dentistry. Whether going to the dentist makes you feel a little nervous or completely terrified, we have a method that’s perfect for you and will ensure a smooth and calm appointment. We’re ready to change the way you feel about the dentist, and you can learn more by giving us a call today.
Oral Conscious Sedation
If just the thought of going to the dentist is enough to make a chill run down your spine, then you’re definitely a good candidate for OCS! This method helps you start feeling better before your appointment even begins because you’ll be prescribed a medication to take at home the day of your visit. By the time you sit in the chair, you’ll already be deeply sedated, and the appointment will seem to fly by very quickly. Because of the strength of OCS, we require a friend or family member to drive you to and from our office.
Nitrous Oxide Sedation
For minor dental anxiety, nothing “takes the edge off” better than nitrous oxide sedation. This colorless, odorless gas is mixed with pure oxygen and inhaled through a small nasal mask, creating feelings of warmth, happiness, and serenity. It can also cause a slight tingling sensation which leads to many patients giggling, which is why nitrous oxide is better known as “laughing gas.” Reliable and gentle, this approach is safe for patients of any age and can be applied even during standard checkups and cleanings.