Going to the dentist can be quite nerve-wracking for some. But rest assured, our team are sensitive to your feelings and will do everything they can to make your visit as calm and comfortable as possible.
Sometimes a warm smile and gentle hand from sympathetic staff are all that is needed. We will provide you with words of assurance and comfort, allowing you to be as relaxed as possible, and give you time to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.
However, in extreme cases, this may not be enough. If needed, we can provide Oral Sedation or Nitrous Oxide.
Oral Sedation is usually administered via a pill and can be given in different dosages. You will take the pill about an hour before your procedure. It will make you feel very relaxed and a little drowsy, and you may even drift off into a nap during your procedure. But it will not put you under. You can still be woken with a gentle shake.
Nitrous Oxide is a safe and effective sedative, also known as “laughing gas”, which is mixed with oxygen and inhaled through a mask that fits comfortably over your nose. The effects will kick in within only a few short minutes of putting on the mask. You will feel very relaxed, but Nitrous Oxide will not put you to sleep. The effects wear off shortly after the mask is removed.
If you struggle with anxiety or fear, don’t be shy about talking to us about your concerns. At our office, your comfort is our priority. There are important things to think about when considering sedation for dental procedures. We will gladly sit down with you and discuss your health information to determine the best option for you.
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