Does the Thought of Going to the Dentist Scare You?
What is Sedation Dentistry?
For many patients, due to past experiences or preconceptions, going to the dentist can be a bit unnerving. At Village Dental, we understand and make it our goal to create an environment that is calm and relaxed for our patients, and we do this by offering sedation dentistry. As the sedation dentistry experts, our phobic patients are fully comfortable and relaxed for their appointment. We administer sedation through nitrous oxide (laughing gas) or IV depending on the needs of the patient. The treatment relaxes our patients, often to the point of deep relaxation through the entire process, cutting out anxiety and worry, and leaving little memory of the procedure at all! Offering sedation dentistry today!
Types of Sedation Offered at Village Dental
Nitrous Oxide Sedation
This is most commonly known as laughing gas and is administered via a nasal mask during your visit. Patients that undergo nitrous oxide sedation feel very relaxed during their visit. Once treatment is complete, the nasal mask is removed and the effects of nitrous wear off almost immediately. Patients that undergo this type of sedation are able to drive home and resume normal activities.
This type of sedation is for patients that have a strong fear or phobia of the dentist. With IV Sedation, patients are in a deep, almost dream like state during their visit. This is a wonderful type of sedation for patients that have a big fear of the dentist or patients that have years’ worth of dental work to complete in one visit.
We have put together this comprehensive learning center for those patients that want to learn more about sedation dentistry and how it works. We hope these questions and answers will help you make a decision to choose sedation dentistry and get the dental care that you deserve.
Sedation dentistry works differently depending on which method of sedation you choose. We offer two types of sedation at Village Dental.
Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, is the most common form of sedation and is administered through inhalation. This sedation works best for patients with mild to moderate anxiety. You will recover quickly and be able to resume your normal activities immediately.
IV sedation will be placed by your doctor and administers a medication to help you reach a deeper state of relaxation. This is best for patients with more moderate to severe anxiety or for those that require longer or more complex procedures. You will need to have someone accompany you to your appointment because the effects will take a few hours to wear off and it is unsafe to drive yourself home from your appointment.
If you experience dental anxiety, you are a good candidate for sedation dentistry. Both children and adults can benefit from sedation. If you experience any of the following fears or concerns, ask your doctor about sedation as an option for your next dental appointment:
- Extreme dental anxiety or fear of visiting the dentist
- Fear of needles and/or shots
- PTSD from a dental experience
- Sensitive teeth, strong gag reflex, tolerance to numbing procedures
- Sensitivity to smells or noises at the dentist
- Need for complex treatment
- Desire for a comfortable dental treatment
Our office is a member office of the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation. We have treated hundreds of patients with this safe and approved technique.
Call today to see how sedation dentistry can make a huge difference in your life!