Fear of the dentist is extraordinarily common. Maybe you’ve had a bad experience with another dentist or a particular treatment in the past. Maybe you’ve just never felt comfortable during any dental procedure. You may not even be able to pin your finger on the cause—and that’s ok. Our experienced dentist, Dr. Nadja Horst, understands that dental anxiety can stop you from receiving the care that you need or want. To help you overcome your discomfort and achieve the beautiful, healthy smile you deserve, we offer a number of sedation dentistry options. These techniques, which include nitrous oxide and oral medication, are designed to relax you and place you in a state of calm prior to undergoing a procedure. Additionally, we’re always here to talk. If you’re feeling nervous, our friendly and knowledgeable team will be happy to discuss your concerns, answer any questions, and take the time to make you feel at ease.
Take the first step to a healthier, more luminous smile by calling us. We can explain our sedation dentistry methods, talk to you about your concerns, and make a plan for your first appointment. Contact our office today.
Benefits of Sedation Dentistry
Nearly everyone has felt some anxiety prior to visiting a doctor; however, if fear stops you from seeing a dentist entirely, sedation dentistry may be able to help. If you experience any of the following, our treatments can help minimize discomfort and improve your experience:
- Previous traumatic dental experience
- Sensitive gag reflex
- Sensitive teeth
- Difficulty getting numb
- High anxiety level
- Fear of needles or other dental tools
- Discomfort with the sounds, tastes, and/or scents associated with dental treatment
Two of the most popular sedation dentistry methods are nitrous oxide and oral medication. These techniques can effectively calm anxiety and enhance relaxation while keeping you conscious and in control.
Often better known as “laughing gas,” nitrous oxide can enhance relaxation without compromising your ability to think and respond normally. This method offers a temporary soporific effect that will fade quickly when you discontinue use. Once you are comfortable in the dental chair, we will place a small mask over your nose. You will then be asked to breathe normally as the combination of nitrous oxide and oxygen begin to flow. Mainly you should feel a sense of calm, but you may also feel a little bit giggly or extra cheerful. After your procedure is completed, we will give you time to let the gas clear from your system. You should then be able to return to normal activity.
Oral Conscious Sedation
In some cases, your dental anxiety may be more pronounced, and nitrous oxide may be insufficient to calm you. In that case, oral medication, also known as oral conscious sedation, is available to help alleviate discomfort. We will prescribe medication based on your anxiety level, medical history, complexity of the procedure to be performed, and several other factors. You will feel sleepy after taking the medication; however, you should wake easily and be able to respond to simple requests. Your care and comfort are our highest priorities, and we will monitor you throughout the procedure to ensure everything is going well.
It’s important to note, if you receive oral medication, you will need to be driven home by a friend or family member following treatment. Additionally, we ask that you remain at our office for a brief period of observation to ensure the procedure was successful and that there are no concerns. Dr. Horst and our team will discuss the details of your visit prior to the appointment day so that you are well informed and prepared for the experience. We want you to feel as confident and prepared as possible.
Not sure which option is right for you? Contact us today to learn more about sedation dentistry options from our practice or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Horst.