Does Dental Sedation Make Treatment Painless?Dental sedation is used to make treatment more comfortable so that it will feel as painless as possible. When we use any form of sedation we will always ask you how you are feeling. Depending on your answer, we can increase the amount. We fully intend to help you feel as good as possible before, during, and after a procedure.
What Type Of Dental Sedation Do You Give Your Patients?We offer a variety of types of sedation depending on the procedure that we are performing and your level of comfort:
- Nitrous oxide (laughing gas)
- Oral Sedation (pills)
How Does Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas) Work?Laughing gas is a sedative that you breathe in through a mask prior to a procedure. You’ll feel the effects of laughing gas within minutes, and it is used to relax, make you feel less anxious, and minimize pain. Laughing gas is a form of conscious sedation, meaning that you will be awake during a procedure.
Do I Need to See a Special Nitrous Oxide Dentist?No, we use laughing gas at Clocktower Family Dental, so you don’t need to worry about scheduling an appointment with another dentist for treatment.
How Does Oral Conscious Sedation Work?Conscious sedation is a form of oral sedation used to numb your mouth before a procedure so that you don’t feel pain. During the procedure you will be awake and comfortable while Dr. Cardon works.
Is Oral Sedation Safe?Absolutely. Dentists have to undergo rigorous training and years of schooling in order to perform oral sedation. You do not need to worry that you will be safe. We promise to take good care of you!
Does Dental Sedation Have Side Effects?Dental sedation has very few side effects. Most patients report feeling groggy, sleepy, having a dry or numb mouth, or not being as alert. These side effects typically wear off after a few hours before disappearing completely.
How Do People Develop Dental Anxiety?Dental anxiety is different for every person. We understand that there are many reasons that you might be anxious about coming to visit us including:
- You might have heard a horror story from a friend or family member about a bad experience that they had at the dentist
- You might be unfamiliar with the tools or equipment used at a dental office
- It’s very common to be afraid of the unknown. If a procedure is unfamiliar to you it can be hard to know what to expect
- The thought of having somebody unfamiliar work inside of your mouth can be unsettling