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Sedation Dentistry Takes Anxiety Out of Getting a Beautiful Smile

It’s not uncommon for everyday people to experience anxiety about possible pain and discomfort during a dental procedure. Although a localized treatment such as Novocain is effective at delivering pain relief, being fully aware while a dentist performs a substantial procedure can be unsettling. If you are among the many people who struggle with anxiety, sedation dentistry may be right for you. At Santa Rosa Dental, we offer non-intravenous conscious sedation that gives our patients the relaxed experience and smiles you deserve.

How Non IV Conscious Sedation Therapy Works

There’s an important distinction between sedation and sleep therapy procedures in dentistry. Sleep techniques are commonly done with general anesthesia administered by an IV, gas, pill, or some combination. These render patients completely unconscious during a procedure. On the other hand, non-intravenous conscious sedation is often accomplished by administering nitrous oxide gas or pill medication that soothes and relaxes you. If you experience any of the following conditions, sedation dentistry may be an option.

  • Suffer dental-related phobias
  • Had a bad dental experience in the past
  • Have highly sensitive nerves
  • Your mouth becomes sore quickly
  • Have an anxiety-related disorder or condition

Although prescription medications such as diazepam are available, sedation therapy is most commonly done by using nitrous oxide gas. An experienced dentist generally favors nitrous oxide over pills because the level of comfort can be monitored and adjusted seamlessly during the process. This method of non-intravenous conscious sedation also allows us to bring you out effectively. Pills and intravenous drugs linger in your system and may require longer recovery times in the dentist office. That’s why nitrous oxide tends to be the standard method used in sedation treatment.

What You Should Know About Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous oxide is often called “laughing gas” because it relaxes inhibitions and delivers a dental experience free of anxiety. The delivery system used is generally a light, soft-plastic gas mask connected to a nitrous oxide and oxygen tank that mixes the required levels to offer peace of mind. Our experienced dental team diligently monitors the process to keep you in a relaxed state. These rank among the common benefits of using nitrous oxide in sedation therapy.

  • It reduces anxiety while your teeth are worked on
  • It provides an experience free of fear
  • It eliminates pain while the dentist addresses your tooth issue
  • It creates an amazing sense of euphoria

It wears off quickly, and you can usually drive home after the office visit

Although sedation therapy is not necessarily for putting patients to sleep, some do doze off out of pure relaxation.

Call Santa Rosa Dental for Relaxing Sedation Therapy

If you have and ailing tooth or need a routine procedure such as having your teeth cleaned and experience dental anxiety, we offer nitrous oxide sedation that can relax you during the process. Healthy teeth are the gateway to a beautiful smile. Don’t let anxiety stand in your way. Call Santa Rosa Dental and schedule an office visit today.

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