A visit to the dentist is not always fun, yet it is an essential part of life. If you find that the idea of visiting the dentist or going through a dental procedure fills you with fear and anxiety, then Dr. Douglas George, DDS may recommend a form of sedation to help ease the anxiety and make you feel comfortable enough to receive the dental care you need.
Types of dental sedation
There are different sedation techniques that can be used to calm dental patients before and during in-office treatment, or to make them more comfortable for longer procedures. If the idea of getting a numbing shot frightens you, then dental sedation can help you relax and take your mind off the treatment process.
Depending on your level of dental anxiety, Dr. Douglas George, DDS may recommend one of the following types of dental sedation:
Nitrous Oxide Sedation
Nitrous oxide can be used alone, or in combination with oral sedation if stronger sedation is desired while keeping the patient awake.
Nitrous oxide or laughing gas is usually given before dental procedures such as root canal therapy or crown placement to help patients relax. The gas is administered by placing the apparatus over your nose to inhale it. The effects are mild, and you will be conscious (awake) during the procedure. The effects wear off as soon as the apparatus is removed and you stop inhaling the gas, usually within a minute.
Find out the best sedation option for you
If you’re in good health but fearful about undergoing dental treatment, please consult Dr. Douglas George, DDS for sedations options to help you relax.