As dental professionals, we’re well aware that many patients are downright scared to go to the dentist, and for many, this prevents them from going at all. At Center One Dental, we go out of our way to make sure our patients are always comfortable and relaxed, and one way we do that is with sedation dentistry. With the techniques outlined below, we can help even the most nervous dental patient enjoy calm, cool, and stress-free visits. Whether you’re only slightly nervous or have avoided the dentist for years, sedation can help you finally remove that barrier to the healthy smile you deserve.
Nitrous oxide, or “laughing gas,” has been used for over 100 years to help slightly nervous dental patients. When undergoing this method, all a person has to do is breathe in the colorless, odorless gas through a small nasal mask to achieve a feeling of lightness, happiness, and even euphoria in the dental chair. The mask will stay on for the entire appointment, and once it is removed, the gas’s effects will completely wear off in a matter of minutes.
If you experience an extreme amount of dental phobia or if you’d like to have multiple procedures completed in one well-planned appointment, then IV sedation may be exactly what you need. A powerful sedative will be administered directly into your bloodstream via a small injection in your hand or arm. It is extremely fast acting, and even better, we can adjust your sedation level in real time during your appointment to make sure you are comfortable every single moment.