It is not a secret that some people feel uncomfortable or anxiety at the thought of dental work. Many people avoid the dentist due to anxiety, putting their oral and overall health at risk. At Smile Design Studios, we want to make dental care as stress-free as possible for patients. We offer different forms of sedation dentistry at our office to give patients options to relax and feel at ease while we care for their beautiful smiles.
Oral Conscious Sedation
For those undergoing invasive dental treatments or with moderate to severe dental anxiety, oral conscious sedation is a good choice. With this method, the patient is prescribed an oral sedation medication before their procedure. This medication relaxes the patient before and during the procedure. They are still awake but in a very relaxed state-of-mind. With this level of sedation, patients cannot drive after their appointment and will need someone to bring them home from their visit.
Nitrous oxide, or “laughing gas,” has been used for many decades as a mild sedative that is safe for dental patients of all ages. Breathing in the gas creates a mild euphoria that helps relieve anxiety and stress during dental procedures. This option can be used for those with mild to moderate dental anxiety or other issues that interfere with dental care. It does not have lingering side effects. Patients can safely drive shortly after using nitrous oxide.
Sedation dentistry is an option for those with a fear of dentists, a sensitive gag reflex or anyone undergoing invasive dental treatments. If you or a family member are uncomfortable during dental treatments, talk to our team about sedation options. We can help you feel calm and relaxed during your dental visits so you can achieve a healthy, beautiful smile.