Sedation Dentistry Can Help You Relax During Treatment
As part of our commitment to comfortable care, we proudly offer several forms of dental sedation. When patients feel nervous about treatment, laughing gas or oral medications can put them at ease. Drs. Tran and Hoang take a conservative approach to sedation. Often, they will have patients try treatment without sedation first. Thanks to our careful techniques, calm demeanor, and local anesthesia most patients find that they do not need additional medication. However, when necessary, our dentists are happy to provide sedation to help patients receive the care they require. They will work carefully to determine the type of medication that best suits your needs.
Nitrous oxide, or “laughing gas,” is one of the most common forms of dental sedation. Nitrous oxide is an odorless gas, which our dentists administer through a mask. Gentle nitrous oxide takes effect very quickly. It makes patients feel deeply relaxed or very sleepy. Many patients become a bit giggly or even euphoric. Although they do not feel any anxiety, they are awake and able to answer questions during their procedures. Laughing gas leaves the body rapidly, so patients are usually able to drive themselves home from their appointments.
Those who suffer from more intense dental anxiety may be better suited to oral sedation. Dr. Tran or Dr. Hoang can prescribe antianxiety medications to take at home. The strength of the dosage will depend on how nervous patients are about their care. Patients should find a ride to and from their appointments, since these medications take a while to leave the system.