Dental Anxiety and Sedation
Coming to the dentist can be stressful for some patients. We believe in making the atmosphere in our office as comfortable as possible so that our patients feel at ease and stress-free.
Our patients can enjoy:
– A cozy waiting room with couches and a tv
– Easy-listening music throughout the office
– Netflix available in all rooms to watch during treatment
– Popcorn to eat after your visit, as well as water, coffee, and tea (before the pandemic)
– Our therapy dog, Bella
– Sedation options (if necessary)
Have you met Bella, our registered therapy dog? She frequents the office every now and then to visit our nervous and younger patients. We believe that animal therapy is extremely beneficial and helps ease anxiety for our patients.
Bella is taking a little break from visiting right now, but stay tuned for her return!
We offer many sedation options for our patients who suffer from dental anxiety. We understand some patients are nervous about having dental treatment done and we try to provide the best care for them, with zero judgement. If you suffer from dental anxiety, don’t hesitate to ask one of our team members about your sedation options.
Nitrous Oxide (N2O), more commonly referred to as “laughing gas,” is an inhaled sedative that provides mild euphoric effects to patients during dental procedures. It is extremely safe, with few or no side effects, and helps many patients who have anxiety over visiting the dentist. The levels of nitrous oxide and oxygen are adjusted and controlled by the dentist to ensure your comfort throughout the appointment. You’ll feel euphoric, yet remain fully aware of your surroundings. At the end of your appointment, the nitrous oxide is turned off and oxygen levels increase. After a few minutes, you’ll feel like your normal self again.
Oral Sedation, also referred to as “conscious sedation,” is a pill form of sedation that you ingest which helps reduce anxiety and gives you the ability to relax. It is a mild form of sedation which is very safe with few to no side effects. This form of sedation leaves you awake but significantly relaxed. Even though you’re awake during the appointment, it is not likely you’ll remember the appointment. You’ll feel sleepy for the rest of the day and will need a ride home, but by the next day the effects will have worn off.
IV Sedation is a form of sedation that is administered by IV into a vein that relaxes you during your appointment. It has a few variations: the first is referred to as “twilight” sedation where you’re still conscious and the second is called general anesthesia. Twilight sedation is used when local anesthetic isn’t enough but deeper sedation is not needed. If deeper sedation is needed, you will be recommended to be treated under general anesthesia.
General anesthesia (GA) is the deepest form of sedation and you will be completely unconscious. This type of sedation is performed either in a hospital or in a clinic with an anesthesiologist who can administer the sedation while monitoring your vital signs. GA is needed when either a patient has severe dental anxiety or major dental surgery is needed (difficult extractions, jaw surgery, etc).