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Which Kind of Sedation is Right for Me?

When visiting our dental office, you are treated to the utmost in gentle dentistry. We offer sedation dentistry options to enhance your dental experience and promote worry-free treatment. If you’re interested in learning more about sedation and which method would work best for you, please read on.

Sedation Dental Options: Picking What Works

Sedation is the perfect solution to the fears that keep many patients from visiting the dentist, helping to relieve phobia brought on by sights and sounds involved in procedures. In general, sedation options most commonly found at the dental office are nitrous oxide or oral conscious sedation, which is pill-form medication.

Laughing Gas – This inhalant is a sedative that helps many patients with mild to moderate dental phobia feel relaxed and peaceful while in the dental office. Nitrous is inhaled through a small hood placed over the nose and is fast acting; you’ll begin to feel calm and relaxed in a matter of minutes. Nitrous can also be reversed promptly by inhaling pure oxygen.

Oral Conscious Sedation – This form of sedation dentistry creates a deeper feeling of relaxation that has a longer half-life – the time in which the relaxation effect lingers. Safely administered to patients who are in overall good health and effective for longer appointments, this method enhances the pleasant, amnesiac effect of sedation. Your appointment will seem to have only taken a few minutes, during which you experience no discomfort.

Our dentist and team cater to fearful patients by providing effective sedation dentistry that is customized to your needs. If you’re curious about which option is ideal for you, it’s important to consider your level of anxiety and the length of scheduled procedures. Patients who are in for a routine filling or teeth cleaning can benefit from laughing gas, while patients who are booked for complex restorations may consider the oral conscious method.

How Sedation Promotes Better Dental Health

Sedation indirectly contributes to healthier smiles in patients who have avoided dental care due to high anxiety. By avoiding the dentist, patients are prone to dental caries, gum disease, and other common problems that compromise oral health in and contribute to tooth loss and serious damage.

With relaxing and comfortable dentistry provided through the use of sedative medication, patients can confidently seek the treatment they need to restore teeth and/or prevent the development of serious issues. When more complex problems are present, sedation services make completion of advanced restorations much easier to handle.

Ask Dr. O’Connor about Dental Sedation

We’re happy to provide sedation dentistry in conjunction with complex implant placement and restoration for patients who are anxious about their upcoming procedures. We encourage patients of all needs to contact our office to learn more about how they can benefit from sedation dental care.