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Sedation Dentistry and Nitrous Oxide

Relax and Rest Through All Your Dental Care

Sedation dentistry is an excellent option for anyone who suffers from dental anxiety or phobia, has difficulty getting numb, hates the tastes, smells and shots associated with the dental office, has a strong gag reflex or highly sensitive teeth. It is also ideal for patients who wish to have multiple procedures completed in one visit without discomfort or for anyone who has difficulty sitting for longer periods of time.

There are three levels of sedation dentistry we can offer you. Nitrous oxide sedation is given so you can drift away during treatment and come back feeling like you have had a restful nap. Some know Nitrous Oxide as laughing gas because of the temporary exhilarating effect, the slight tingling feeling and the altered sense of time. Whatever you call it, this sedating and pain relieving gas can help you settle into a blissful state. Sedation takes only about 30 seconds after administration starts. After your treatment is completed, we will administer pure oxygen so you wake feeling clear and able to drive in no time.

When nitrous oxide may not be enough or if it's something you may not tolerate well, we also can offer other safe methods of sedation to allow you to relax through your care experience. Oral sedatives offer a deeper level of sleep and when indicated, we work with an onsite anesthetist who can administer intravenous sedatives. Intravenous sedation provides the deepest and most controlled level of sedation and is a very safe alternative when administered by a qualified professional. We are fortunate to partner with Anesthesia Specialists who are experts in their field. Why Does Sedation Dentistry Work So Well?

Sedation dentistry dramatically reduces the body's natural tendency to tense muscles while stressed, helping you to feel relaxed and at ease. Dental anesthetics are also more effective while the body is relaxed, practically eliminating any concerns about discomfort during treatment.