Feeling a little apprehension when you go to the dentist is natural. Most people experience some anxiety, especially where invasive dental procedures are concerned. Our gentle chairside manner along with a cozy, comfortable atmosphere will help you relax. For those who experience heightened anxiety and have a difficult time relaxing, Smile Avenue Family Dentistry offers sedation as a means to help with that. We also have sedation for children who may be extra-nervous about their dental visit. All of our sedation methods are safe and administered by those who have been trained in proper administration of the sedative.
One of the most common sedation methods available is nitrous oxide. This gas is also known as “laughing gas.” It relaxes the patient so that the dental procedure can be performed with no anxiety on the part of the patient. This is the sedation of choice for children. It provides a very pleasant feeling and some patients drift off to sleep while under the influence of it. When the procedure is completed, the nitrous oxide is turned off and your system is flushed with oxygen. Recovery from this type of sedation is immediate.
Oral Conscious Sedation
Some people may not respond well with nitrous oxide or may need a stronger sedative. Oral conscious sedation provides a deeper sense of relaxation. We will give you a pill before your procedure to help you relax. You may feel drowsy or groggy and there is a possibility that you may fall asleep during the procedure. This is okay. After the procedure is over you will be awakened. With oral conscious sedation, it is necessary to have someone drive you back home.
Sedation dentistry makes a trip to the dentist easier for the excitable patient. You will need to provide a complete health history and a list of medications, including supplements that you are taking. Before administering sedation to any of our patients we need to make sure they are good candidates for sedation. If you have any questions about receiving sedation, please be sure to contact Smile Avenue Family Dentistry today for more information or to schedule an appointment.