Dentistry for Anxious Patients
We take great strides in making dental procedures as comfortable as possible. However, fear and anxiety remain a major concern for some of our patients. You may have had a bad experience in the past with a dentist, or possibly remember an unpleasant office visit from your childhood. This can often cause fear and anxiety which is extremely difficult to overcome. Our office offers two types of sedation dentistry services including Nitrous Oxide and Audio Sedation which are both safe and very effective.
Nitrous Oxide is an Inhalation Sedation (Laughing Gas). Sounds like fun!! The exact effects of nitrous oxide: it kills pain – and it induces a pleasurable feeling. After 5 minutes or so of breathing in the gas, you should feel a euphoric feeling spread throughout your body. It really feels like a ‘happy drunk’ feeling. Some people find that there are auditory or visual effects as well. You will feel a bit light headed and often people get ‘the giggles’ (hence the name laughing gas!)
Audio Sedation – We readily acknowledge the need for a “relaxed” feeling in a dental office, and along with a lot of tender loving care, we can help you to obtain such a feeling. Shielding distracting sounds helps calm patients by relieving stress and anxiety so they can enjoy a more relaxed atmosphere. Noises are blocked and replaced with familiar music and soothing sounds from nature.