A common option for anxiety management is nitrous oxide. Nitrous oxide is commonly referred to as laughing gas, as it can make you feel giggly and happy. The gas is a blend of nitrous oxide and oxygen and is inhaled through a mask. It takes effect almost immediately. You will feel a sense of calm come over you as well as a reduction of any sort of pain.
One of the benefits of nitrous oxide is how quickly it starts working, as well as stops. It only takes a few minutes after removing the mask for the return of full feeling and awareness. Also, because you are awake and responsive you can follow directions and talk to the doctor and team.
If you are interested in this type of sedation let us know.
Another choice for sedation is oral sedation. For this method we prescribe you medication that you take prior to your appointment. Typically the prescription is for a sedative like Halcion or Valium. Oral sedation has many benefits to you:
You will take the pill about an hour ahead of your appointment so it is working during the procedure. You will feel relaxed and a bit drowsy. But, like nitrous, you will be responsive to commands. Many patients tell us they don’t remember much about the procedure once it’s over.
Being anxious about your dental appointment is 100% normal. Statistics vary, but 60-75% of people have some kind of anxiety or fear about the dentist. Sometimes the uneasiness is attributed to past experience, and sometimes not. Some people are sensitive to the smells and sounds of a clinical setting. We know it is difficult for some, so we go out of our way to focus on your comfort.
From start to finish, your experience should be comfortable. Enjoy some tea, have a snack and listen to some calming music as we work. If you need a little more help, ask us at any time for a sedation option.
Here are some of our other comfort items:
We accept all PPO plans and will do a complimentary benefits check for all patients. Just ask our friendly front desk team about it when you check in or call to make an appointment.
We are an in-network provider for: Sunlife PPO, Delta Dental Premier, and Cigna Total DPPO.
We have several stress free options for payment.
Our in-house membership plan covers your preventive care as well as discounts on certain procedures.
*We are general dentists trained to administer nitrous oxide and oral sedation.